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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by worms7, Nov 13, 2015.
When making wood ash can you burn any wood or should you only use
None toxic wood
You should never use commercial or treated wood. The chemical used in them can be toxic. And while you can use softwoods, hardwood is better.
I'm not sure what wood would be toxic? Unless you're talking pressure treated. I wouldn't use that. But anything I'm going to burn in my wood stove, where we live and breathe, is fine for the litter in the coop.
Yes treated pine, or anything else chemically treated to prevent rot etc should never be burned.
I meant branches of trees
Natural sources such as branches I di not consider to be a problem. Will resulting ash be used as soil amendment, component of dust bath, or be consumed?
For use in a dust bath try to dilute it to about 10% by volume with a silty loam soil (1 part ash to 9 parts soil) and mix thoroughly. Then keep mix air dry. Baths I have made have mix depth of about 6" so birds can really woller around in it. A good set allows birds to get dust down to skin and also prevents dust from being lost from dust bathing area. I like using the metal wash tubs placed in a sunny location near a sun facing wall for bathing areas.
I was thinking wood ash & sand mix
I have not tried to use sand. We have a sand box and several types of soil available to flocks of free-range chickens that have choices and they seem to have preference for soil type that approximates silt-loam. Locations also important as is moisture content.