Too much lime?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mapcheck, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. mapcheck

    mapcheck New Egg

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    New to having backyard chickens and may have made a mistake.

    We have three RI Reds 6 weeks old and three buff orpingtons 5 weeks old. They are in the coop and we were going to let them outside into the run for the first time tomorrow. We were told to put lime on the ground first and used 'garden lime' (small gray pellets) in the chicken run. Well, the directions were not read on the bag and 1 pound would have worked for 200 SF run. 9 lbs was used.

    I soaked the run last night and will rake it. But will it be harmful for the young birds to go into the run? Should we keep them in the coop for another week or so? If this is too much lime, how do we now naturalize it?

    I read a lot of great stuff on this forum in preparing to get the ladies and would appreciate any information on this issues.

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2010
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    always changing
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You can't put "too much" lime.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You don't want it to be actively dusty. But if you can get it raked/tilled in well enough, or just hit it with a hose a little bit, then it should be fine. (That's assuming you used one of the reasonably safe limes, not quicklime aka calcium hydroxide)

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. mapcheck

    mapcheck New Egg

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    Thanks,

    I had visions of spending the 4th of July replacing the top several inches of the soil in the run.
     
  6. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your worried you used too much, you could dig it in.
     
  7. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to put lime on my run. Lime is seldom used here for ag purposes as we have alkaline soil. At least I think lime is alkaline. At any rate I only see the stuff you are to put in concrete etc. What specifically do I ask for
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

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    What specifically do I ask for

    Pelletized lime or Ag lime

    NOT Hydrated lime. Make sure the bag says it's Calcium Carbonate, and NOT Calcium Hydroxide​
     

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