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Hens and Ashes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ozark hen, May 16, 2007.

  1. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    My DH cleaned out the wood burning furnace and left one bucket of ashes outside by the kitchen door. Today, after hearing a racket, I found four chickens lined up while one was in the bucket of ashes dusting herself. It was a funny sight, they each had a turn. I will be sure to have my DH dump that bucket where they can use it without having to wait in line. Looked like a line to the porta-potty. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2007
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've seen chickens dust bathe in ashes in a firepit it is a funnt sight.
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    well, my DH came home and dumped the bucket and they just dove right in. Guineas were first. [​IMG]
     
  4. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    There's a wood-fired bakery not too far from me and I asked the owner if I could get some ashes for my garden and chickens. He said, "sure, bring a metal trash can!"
    Stephanie
     
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Quote:That is wonderful, but you had better bring some muscle as they are really heavy. I keep saying bucket that my DH uses but it is a metal trashcan and he has to use a hand dolly to get it out of the basement. Very heavy!
     
  6. Royal Oaks Ranch

    Royal Oaks Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Wood ashes are excellent to rid birds of mites and such [​IMG] I prefer using them over any otehr method [​IMG]
    And as your post points out the hens sure seem to love the ash piles [​IMG]
     
  7. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
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    Yes, those cans are heavy, I agree--I use those to store the chicken feed. The owner of the bakery specified that metal be used because there may be live coals mixed in the ashes.

    Another possible source for wood ashes is the local BBQ place. A pound of pork BBQ and a bucket of ashes to go, please!
    Stephanie
     
  8. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    [​IMG]
     
  9. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, you learn a new thing everyday here,
    ive got an old slow combustion wood heater for my little outdoor living room. my own little retreat outside in the garden!!! im going to test the ashes out on my girls.
    Thanks
     
  10. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will definitely try ashes from the firepit next time, but I will let them cool down first ha ha.
     

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