Wood ash in coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by abhaya, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    Can I use wood ask in my coop instead of DE? I use a wood stove in the house for heat so I have a ton on ash. I dump it in a pile outside the chickens love rolling around in it. Will it work like DE in the coop?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'd guess the problem with your question is there is such a variety of opinions about DE on here. Read the threads linked in the FAQs and you will see what I mean.
  3. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Songster

    Jan 26, 2010
    I wouldn't. Wood ash is actually lye, I don't think it is safe for them. Does anyone else know about wood ash and lye (you can actually make soap from wood ash lye) [​IMG]
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Lots of people put wood ashes out for their chicken to dust bathe in.
  5. Quote:By wetting wood ashes you can beach lye from them. To do this in a barrel you would fill.it with hay and pack it down really well. Then at the top you pour water into the ashes and have a hole cut at the bottom of the barrel. Supposed to be the lye that exits the barrel in the water. That is how I read it anyway.
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I've seen some "recipes" for creating a contained dust bath than contain, at least in part, wood ash. The warning was not to use charcoal ash.
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Wood ash from a wood stove is fine for chickens! It's what all old farmers use to put in the runs to keep bugs off their birds. I would not put it in the coop but the outside runs where they can fluff around in it. Make sure you have let it cool off well.
  8. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I keep my ash from the stove inmetal buckets for a week before I dump it so I am sure it is cool. I will dump some in the run and see if they like it.

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