Rust??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by P0U1TRYP3RS0N, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brood my chicks in metal horse troughs, and today while hosing one out and preparing it for use this spring, I noticed a red, crusty film covering the bottom of the tub....Rust. So my question is can rust hurt chickens? If they scratch it up or cut themselves and step on it? I know we get tetanis (spelling??) shots if we get an open cut and then come into contact with rust, but what about chickens?? I really don't wanna have to throw this trough out, but I don't want my chicks getting sick and dying, either.
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Think you can sand it off or is it too late for that? Naval jelly, maybe? Epoxy porch/floor paint might work, too. The problem with rust is that, besides the chance of it being sharp or flakey, it's basically iron and in eating it, along with the injury risk-- they could o.d. on iron. Especially chicks, I imagine. (Oh, and the galvanizing zinc ain't great either, darn it.)
     
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  3. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a thin layer of rust, but it's too late to get it off. I don't know when it rusted though, cause I was using it all winter!! Oh, well, so much for galvinized (spelling) tubs!!
     
  4. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could paint it ,put down plywood,linoleum or put plastic down and your pine shavings on top. will
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I replied on one of your several other duplicates of this thread (PLEASE DO NOT DO THAT).

    Summary: rust does not cause tetanus. However rust can be rough and damage feet. Sand and paint with rustoleum or epoxy paint, then continue using as brooder.

    DO NOT DOUBLE POST please

    thanks,

    Pat
     
  6. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
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    Why post it three times?
     
  7. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Knock off any loose rust. Paint with Rustoleum and put back in service.
     
  8. P0U1TRYP3RS0N

    P0U1TRYP3RS0N Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry! I didn't know it was a violation of the rules!
     

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