Pellet stove ashes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dadsdeercamp, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    Is it ok to use the ashes from my hard wood pellets for my birds dust bath?
     
  2. 2hot2chicken

    2hot2chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probly ok but I personally wouldn't. My DH sells them and so I know a lil bit about them and they use glues to bind the sawdust to make the pellets. The glue has been burned off so it could be fine but personally I wouldn't risk exposing them to a possible irritant. Just me tho. Someone else may have and foound it was fine. It may also depend on the brand of pellets you are using.
     
  3. ke5hde

    ke5hde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its actually the pressure of the pellet going through the die and the resins in the wood that binds it together. Haven't ever thought of using our pellet ash for dust baths. It's defiantly more coarse than DE. Hmmmm.
     
  4. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    Anyone else have any input?
     
  5. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know what the difference would be between pellets and regular wood ash. I would think any binder or what have you would be burned of in the stove. I dump my wood stove ash in any hole they got going and they love it. Try it it a small spot and see how they react to it,most assuredly if it bothers them they won't be revisiting it.
     
  6. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    The chickens love them.
     

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