I Have a Question About Mold Spores

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by spydertoys, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. spydertoys

    spydertoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Munfordville, Kentucky
    I have (at least partially) converted a horse barn into a chicken barn. I still have many plans that include windows and seperate runs for each breed.

    One of the horse stalls was used as a tack room and feed storage area. It had a lot of moldy hay in it, but since it was the biggest stall, I wired it off to use as a baby pen.

    All the hay was raked out and I used pine shavings for bedding. I have many of those babies who are having infected eyes and runny noses, and I have lost quite a lot of them. I have tried different medicines and nothing seems to work. I have moved them to a different stall, where hay was not stored.

    My question is...could there be enough mold spores flying around to cause this problem?? How do I eliminate them and get my babies well. I really need to be able to use that stall in the future.

    A friend suggested I wash the walls down with bleach water..I can do that but the floor is dirt..so what do I do about that?? I was wondering if lime would help any.
  2. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Lime can burn their feet, so use cautiously if you decide to go with that.

    I personally would use Oxine (chlorine dioxide) instead of regular bleach to wash down the walls. Oxine biodegrades into a salt.

    I would also use the Oxine in their drinking water once a week (1/8 tsp. Oxine per gallon of water) and follow with a probiotic supplement in a new batch of water.

    Here is more info on the Oxine:




    If it were me, I would dig out the floor of the entire stall (at least 6 - 8"), scrub the walls down with Oxine water (at least 6.5 ounces Oxine to a gallon of water for surface disinfectant), let the whole thing dry out a few days, treat the exposed floor with food-grade DE, move in a new load of dirt/clay for the floor and amend the new dirt with DE, add new, dry bedding, and move chickens back in. Whew!

    I would then rotate them with the Oxine-then-probiotic in water (above).

    Several folks here use Stall-Dry as well; you might do a search on that.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2008

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