Sand vs Kitty Litter for Batheing

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Stewarts, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Stewarts

    Stewarts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have clumping kitty litter with the following ingredients

    Sodium Bentonite
    Calcium Carbonnate
    Fragrance

    Can I use this as a medium for my chickens to bathe in?
    Will they eat it and if they do, will it hurt them?

    Advice much appreciated.
     
  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would use sand or wood ash. Just my opinion. It is possible they will eat it, but I don't know if it will hurt them. I'd just stick to sand.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    NO! PLEASE DON'T USE CLUMPING KITTY LITTER ANY WHERE AROUND CHICKENS. They are as apt to eat it as they are to dust bathe in it. When it gets moist, it will turn to cement. It would kill an animal that was unfortunate enough to ingest it.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Another thing to consider - kitty litter is dusty. When you pour it, there is a very fine dust that comes up. If your chickens are dust bathing in it, and kicking up that fine dust with the fragrance in it... I don't know if it would hurt them to breathe it in or not.
     
  5. Stewarts

    Stewarts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hubby says there is lots of wood ash from the wood burner in the shed, is it safe to use that?
     
  6. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely! That has purported health benefits as well.
     

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