Burn barrel ashes?

by Judy
(Eastern Oregon)

I have 10 hens (Barred Rocks and Golden Sex Links). They have a large fenced run. What would happen if we dump the burn barrel ashes in there? My thought was that they would enjoy dusting their feathers in it. What do you think? Good idea or BAD?


MEG: I RECKON GOOD - THEY DO LIKE DUSTING IN IT AND IT HELPS CONTROL VERMIN

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Sep 23, 2011
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NO to the barrel
by: RT Cowgirl

Thank you for your responses. I came to the same conclusion as Robert about the barrel. We are installing a wood stove so will give them those ashes. Volume and purity will be better suited for the hens than the barrel.

Sep 23, 2011
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Woodstove but not burn barrel ashes
by: Robert

My burn barrel gets trash, combustible and otherwise. The chickens and garden get ashes from the woodstove but not the burn barrel. Tin cans, glass and other trash can be sterilized by burning but not rendered safe for the garden, orchard or chickens. My burn barrel ashes need to be buried.

Sep 19, 2011
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ashes to ashes
by: Anonymous

It certainly won't do them any harm as long as you don't keep pouring it in and they end up living in ash up to their knees.

[MEG: ALSO AVOID USING ANY ASH FROM BURNING TREATED TIMBER AS IS POISONOUS]

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