Is Borax toxic for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SamanthaBrooke, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I am looking into making a natural fire retardant for my brooder boxes, you mix borax with boiling water, cool then fill a spray bottle and spray, it's non permanent and non toxic for humans but need to know if it is safe to spay on my boxes before the chicks arrive, I am bervous about running the light while I'm away from home.

    Thank you!!
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    A spray like that will not retard a fire in a coop or brooder box - the lights are hot and there is too much flammable material present. Fix your lamp with two separate connections, ideally metal chain, and do not rely on the clamp alone.
     
  3. SamanthaBrooke

    SamanthaBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the advice!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    There are many of us who spend a lot of time worrying about that very thing!
     
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    chickeroo2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to chickens.. but I owned white pigeons for a while... we always mixed borax into their bathwater. It helped with and sorts of pests on them and made them beautifully white. They always drink their bathwater as well... never had a problem with it making them sick. It is common practice in the pigeon world.. but I don't know if chicks would react differently.
     
  6. loma57

    loma57 New Egg

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    What was the mixture you used to water your pigeons? Borax and water and in what ratio? Was this to help with parasites?
     
  7. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    borax has boric acid in it and to be on the safe side I wouldn't use it. I do know it can burn like heck if got into your eyes. There are better ways to go about being safe IMHO. you can get a radiant heat brooder that can't cause fire if your worried about that. They are a whole lot less money to run than the heat lamp and can give you a piece of mind. NO ONE can get burned by them at all. The chicks use them like a mother hen and regulate there own temp with it. I know they make a 20 chick and 50 chick. They are called ecoglow by Brinsea. maybe. you might consider brooding with one so you won't have to worry about fire? Hope this helps. best wishes.
     

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