Using ashes for dust bathing

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brooster, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I want to give my chickens something to dust bathe in, we have a lot of ashes, and i read you can use them. Does anyone do this?
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    anyone?
     
  3. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do. We put a large pile of ashes from our wood stove out specifically for the chickens. They LOVE it!!!
     
  4. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    does it make white chickens discolored?
     
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My late father-in-law heated their house with a wood stove and nothing else. So he had a lot of ashes. I'd take them to the chicken yard and within a few minutes it was a dust storm. The birds really loved it.[​IMG]
     
  6. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I have an old brake drum and I put the ashes in it and some DE mixed in. My girls love it when I bring out fresh ashes !
     
  7. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not at all. The feathers will shed the dust and the chickens stay white. [​IMG]
     
  8. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I have no idea if it's good or not, What if they eat it is that OK or will they get sick. [​IMG]
     
  9. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    Mine love it and don't eat it as it is not solid. They
    are very healthy and have never had a sick chicken.
    Nor have I had a chicken with mites or fleas.
     
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  10. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, it works fine. I save 5 gal pails of sand in the fall so I can mix the sand with the wood ashes. The sand helps to keep the ashes from blowing away in the wind.

    Chickens don't become ill from the ashes.

    bigzio
     

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