Pet-safe salt and duck feet


In the Brooder
Aug 18, 2020
Has anyone used the pet-safe salt on their walkways where their ducks may walk in the winter? If so, have you noticed anything--does it seem safe for duck feet?
Pet safe salt is Magnesium Chloride. I would not want my ducks eating the solid chunks for two reasons. One, it generates heat when it encounters water and can be irritating to skin. Two, it is a laxative. In fact, it is what the doctor has you drink before a colonoscopy to “empty you out”. Ducks with diarrhea sounds like a bad idea to me!

If you are only scattering some on ice, and it melts the ice and the water dissolves it before the ducks encounter it, I would not expect problems.

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