question about Lime

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by missred871, May 22, 2010.

  1. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    Okay so I am curious as to whether or not spreading lime in my ducks play area would harm them or not? Please let me know. I definately dont want to hurt them... but they STINK....LMAO Help!
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I use AG lime in and outside th coop - DE works better, but more money
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    As long as it's not Hydrated Lime, it's fine
  4. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    Quote:I thought I read hydrated lime was glad you said that then. So i should stick to DE or Ag lime then?
  5. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I thought I read hydrated lime was glad you said that then. So i should stick to DE or Ag lime then?

    There are three types of lime in use let me run through the processes and uses.
    You get lime by burning limestone in a kiln. the result is called 'burned lime' or Quick Lime- Chemically Calcium Oxide. It is used to make mortar and Cement. It is so corrosive to flesh that it is sometimes thrown on the bodies of dead livestock when they must be buried to cause quick break down of the body. You want no part of this stuff as it it is deadly caustic but some Ag stores do carry it for its stated purpose.

    The next step is to treat it with water where it gives off lots of heat as it reacts. the result is called slaked lime, hydrated lime, slack lime, or pickling lime, Chemically Calcium Hydroxide The reaction can be slow and you can be left with a mixture 0f the quick lime and slaked lime less caustic (but still strongly alkaline) This material can cause chemicla burns on tender waterfowl feet, Eye damage and mild chemical burns on Humans.

    If this material is left exposed long enough it turns to chalk or Calcium Carbonate which is what oyster shells and egg shells are make of. This is of course is safe for waterfowl and required to build bones and eggshells. In less pure forms it is mined. chushed, and ground to be sold for Ag Lime to 'sweeten' soil and make it more productive.

    To sum up Ag lime is safe, slaked or hydrated less safe, and Quick lime downright dangerous! The odor control function is the opposite with quick lime destroying more odor than hydrated lime which is greater than Ag lime. I hope this was some help.
  6. chikky

    chikky Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    Glenmont, Ohio
    Goosedragon, thanks for the information. I've been wondering about lime as well.
  7. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    gd strikes again. much appreciated again.
  8. Baybrio

    Baybrio Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Poplar Grove, IL
    Goosedragon, thanks for the clear explaination of the true differences in lime. I never understood before.

    Just for clarification for people from parts of the Midwest. When we talk about Ag Lime near Chicago in rural areas we are talking about crushed limestone that is used to make a smooth construction or road type base. All the pieces are crushed to the size of a large grain of sand. My horse riding arena is 6" of "Ag Lime". When I talk about the white powdery lime that reduces odors from livestock, around here it is usually called barn lime or stall lime or garden lime.
  9. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    thanks goosedragon, I have done so much research but none of it explained it like that! LOL Thanks so much for the info!
  10. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Northern, Illinois
    Can someone fill me in on this lime talk? Its used for the smell?

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