Use of fireplace ash

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gmachicken, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. gmachicken

    gmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can fire place ash be used for the chickens to fluff in?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Mix with some sand or loss dirt to add more volume and you are good to go.

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  3. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    Fireplace ash was traditionally used for chickens dust baths. It is supposed to help with external parasites, lice and mites.
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    mom'sfolly :

    Fireplace ash was traditionally used for chickens dust baths. It is supposed to help with external parasites, lice and mites.

    Yes it is and I find it works very well mainly because the birds like the fine dust mixed with sand. It's funny too because all of my breeds are white and they don't get dirty or dingy like you might think.

    I mix it like this.

    I use the top's & bottoms of plastic 55 gal drums cut out at 18" deep.
    1=20lb bag of sand
    2= coffee can's of ash
    2= Lrg scoops of DE

    AL​
     
  5. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not to mention, wood ash is a great source of potash, for the garden....My best beet crop was after planting, in a burn spot.
     
  6. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So we have our garden spot free of grass and just dirt there to till and plant in the spring...should I just dump my ashes there then till in spring and plant?
     
  7. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an old tractor tire in the chicken run I keep filled with the woodstove ash and sand from the creek. The chickens love it and constantly deplete the tire. When they get up and fluff out, it looks like a cloud with a chicken in the middle---kind of like the Tasmanian devil cartoon.
     
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  8. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good..I need to clean out the fireplace anyway..its good to have a use for the stuff
     
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Sure.......... it's a must, I put a light layer of ash then a layer of from the chicken pile then a layer of compost, I let it sit all winter and then till in the spring. Needless to say the garden does very very well.

    AL
     
  10. r709shackleford

    r709shackleford Out Of The Brooder

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    This is brilliant.
    Have you used ash or an ash mixture to teat mites and lice. Currently have a lice problem.
     

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