Rock salt in chicken run?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 3rocksandme, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. 3rocksandme

    3rocksandme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2010
    Brookline, NH
    Is it okay to use rock salt to melt snow/ice in a chicken run?
  2. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    i have no experience with this; however, i would say no. i've heard lots of warnings about not feeding chickens table scraps that have salt on them because too much salt can hurt them.

    since my chickens spend all day scratching and eating bits of the ground, they would definitely be consuming a lot of salt. not good.

    also, i would think it could potentially be really not good for their feet.

    do what the europeans do: no salt, just sand.
  3. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    I would expect rock salt to burn their feet.

    I live in Iowa and get tons of ice and snow. I do not do anything to melt ice in the run. I do cover part of the run in the winter to keep the snow out, because my chickens like to have access to dirt all year.
  4. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Knoxville, Tn
    Quote:Plus they would probably eat it and I'm sure its not good for them...
  5. Lifestyle Lift Journey

    Lifestyle Lift Journey Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2010
    Wouldn't it be better to physically remove the snow instead of melting it?

    Because melting snow means there will be a wet floor, that's not really good for chicken's health, and it would be messier than snow.
    Perhaps, after a cold night the water might get frozen and become slippery for them to walk?

    I'd use just water to melt the snow if I have to, with a garden hose. I wouldn't use salt.
  6. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Ive heard its poisonous to them
  7. swordgeek

    swordgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2010
    Westford, MA
    Considering they'll eat anything and everything, I'm pretty sure they'd try to eat the rock salt. Would you eat it? Whenever I think of whether I ought to feed something to them, I ask myself it I would eat it. (Then again, they actually like kale...) Too much salt is NOT good for them.

    I would shovel or cover at least part of your run in winter. My girls don't much like going out in the snow, so this year, I'm planning to lay a bunch of hay on top of whatever snow I can't remove so they can still get some exercise - and get away from each other.
  8. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 19, 2009
    We've never moved or melted the snow for the chickens, they cope just fine. [​IMG]

    Quote:I have to ask, where are you from?

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