lime in chicken coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ericmcginn5, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can i put lime under my chicken coop. they can get to it when i let them out tho is that ok
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I personally use lime on my poop boards under my roost to combat flies and ordour. I also white wash my coop with this product yearly. I know my birds do step in lime from time to time which is not advisable by some members.

    You are most likely to get both schools of thought on this particular subject because it is a caustic agent. I would factor in the quantity of the product you intend to use and the amount of exposure the birds would be subject to before I made my final decision..
     
  3. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is lime a chemical or posionous to the chickens
     
  4. Hokum Coco

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    Human health
    Inhalation: Frequent inhalation of large quantities of
    cement or lime dust over a long period of time increases the
    risk of developing lung diseases.
    Eyes: Eye contact with cement (dry or wet) may
    cause serious and potentially irreversible injuries.
    Skin: Strong alkaline solutions in contact with the
    skin tend to damage the nerve endings first before
    damaging the skin, therefore chemical burns can
    develop without pain being felt at the time. Hence,
    prolonged skin contact with wet cement, fresh
    concrete or mortar may cause serious burns


    Environment
    Under normal use, the product is not expected to be.
    hazardous to the environment.

    I have 63 trips around the sun and I personally think the benefits out way the risk. I have been using lime for years in my coop. I do use it sparingly I might add. I dispense it in a plastic peanut butter bottle with a perforated top similar to a salt shaker.

    I put a heavy concentration down under my poop boards and sprinkle a bit through the bedding from time to time similar to adding seasoning to a meal.
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013

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