wood ash

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by corona, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. corona

    corona Out Of The Brooder

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    not sure where I should post this ...but...
    is it ok for your hens to dust bathe in ash from a wood burner???
     
  2. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup. I use wood ash mixed with neem oil from our burn pile. They love it.
     
  3. tdgill

    tdgill Chillin' With My Peeps

    interesting... neem oil. I had to look that one up! Apparently, you don't want your breeding roosters dusting in it?

    "Studies done when Azadirachtin (the primary active pesticidal ingredient in neem oil) was approved as a pesticide showed that when neem leaves were fed to male albino rats for 11 weeks, 100% (reversible) infertility resulted."
     
  4. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had an issue with infertility. I check the eggs I crack and nearly all of them have been fertilized. If you use the neem with roos, I guess just check the eggs and see if you're dropping in fertility rates? I do use it with my roos. [​IMG]
     
  5. Quote:What are you checking, Germ size/division?
     
  6. Quote:Forgot to answer , LOL
    Yes and is actually preferred by many. Just dont ever add any warm lard to the ashes [​IMG] or your going to have some really clean chickens
     
  7. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am only checking for the bullseye. I'm not a very technical person, lol.
     

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