Wood ash + baby chicks = bad?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SilkieCanada, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put some wood ash in my dirt pit in the backyard. If the baby chicks that are under 1 month get into it, is it dangerous?
     
  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    My broody mommas take their babies where we dump our fire pit ashes for dust baths. Guess if chicken mommas are encouraging the babies to roll around in it it must be ok. [​IMG]
     
  3. chickmchickie

    chickmchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only if they get wet and there water sitting around then and they drunk it.. as a soap maker the old timers would take ashes and soak them to make lye.. lye is bad for chickens to eat for drink.. ashes = water makes lye
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    So long as it's not contaminated with anything nasty then wood ashes make for a good dusting material.

    Had a hen once that couldn't wait for the burn pile to cool and rolled in it until she got down to a hot coal. Didn't take her long to look at it!
     
  5. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks guys!
     
  6. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be positive that the ash contains NO burned pressure treated wood. There would be large amounts of arsenic in the ash of PT wood. If you have find or have hardwood ashes from fireplaces, that would be fine. Many put that into their runs/coops so the chicks can take dirt baths.
     
  7. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I bought wood that was just birch wood for firewood. I think its just cut, chopped and sold.
     
  8. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    Quote:Unless it is old pressure treated wood. They don't use arsenic any more.
     
  9. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its all news to me. How do I know if its pressure treated wood?
     

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