Geese/Ducks and Lime

Discussion in 'Geese' started by galgo98, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. galgo98

    galgo98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We will be spreading agricultural lime (calcium carbonate) on the yard this weekend. We had soil samples done and unfortunately the backyard needs it too. I have 5 ducks and 2 geese that free range on it during the day and are locked up at night. I've read that people use this in chicken coops without a problem, but couldn't find much about ducks/geese. We were going to do that part of the yard right before dark when the birds are locked up and then turn on the sprinklers for a few hours. Does anybody see a problem with letting them back on the grass in the morning? Thanks!
     
  2. littledear

    littledear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have spread lime and my geese didn't have any problems at all that I noticed. My family were old time farmers from Iowa and my mom used it on a regular basis in all of the stock inclosures. We raised everything from chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, pigs, cows, etc. She said it kept the soil sweet and cut down on the smell inside of all of the pens, sheds, coops and barns. I have a small coop that I place my young geese in when they first stay outside and it has a dirt floor. We spread lime on it every time we clean it down to the dirt before we put bedding in with no problems.
     
  3. galgo98

    galgo98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply! [​IMG]
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Just to be safe, keep the birds locked up for the first day. Water the lime in well before you allow the birds onto it.

    It can burn the membranes of the eyes and the geese will have their heads right down in it.
     
  5. littledear

    littledear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you do need to water it in the soil. I didn't think to tell you that as it was an automatic thing for me to do. Good point Oregon Blues!
     

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