Wood ash good or bad?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chick2chicken, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Chick2chicken

    Chick2chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2017
    Our chicken friend told us that putting wood ash on our chickens dust bath area was a good idea, but after looking at a post here on backyard chickens I'm not so sure. Some people seem to have very strong opinions on if it's a good idea or a bad one. If we were to use the wood ash we would use the ash that came from our wood stove fireplace. Is putting ash on the dust bath a good idea or a bad one?
    Sorry if I posted this in the wrong place.
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put wood ash in my chicken's dust bath once because they had lice. They were fine, no respiratory problems. I did mix the ash with dirt so that they weren't bathing in plain ash.

    If you want to try it then go ahead and try it. If there ends up being a problem, then just stop using the ash
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    My free-range chickens appear to have a preference for areas with wood ash for the purpose of dust bathing. I do not know if it is the wood ash or something else about the locations promoted by fire that interests the chickens. I have not noticed any health issues related to dust bathing in such locations.

    They freely consume the charcoal present in those same areas.

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