Wood Ash: 10 Great Uses in the Chicken Coop

We’re heading into colder nights and soon winter will be upon us, this means that it is time to start heating the house with our wood burning stove. Before you throw wood ash away, walk with us through this post and see its many uses, ranging from gardening to your chicken coop. These are wood ash uses in the coop.

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1. Ash as Supplement to Chickenfeed

Wood ash contains important minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. Sprinkling a pinch of wood ash on the feeds will nourish your chicken with these vital minerals particularly good for egg laying chicken.

Wood ash also works as a detoxifier and removes toxins out of the chickens’ bodies. Hardwood has higher quality wood ash compared to softwood.

2. Add to your chicken’s dust bath

Unlike us, chickens enjoy bathing in dust. If the coop has a cement floor, you can build a simple box as a dust bath for your chicken. Mix wood ash with sand and put it in the box for the chicken to enjoy. It is important to note that wood ash will also act as a parasite deterrent because it suffocates fleas, lice, and mites.

3. Keeping the coop clean

Wood ash helps in putting the odor in check. It is alkaline and using it on the coop floor can neutralize the odor.

4. Wound healing properties

Wood ash has antibacterial properties, and it can help in healing wounds due to pecking or injuries sustained from scratching.

5. Reducing ammonia in manure

Studies show that wood ash reduces the amount of ammonia in manure by preventing fumes from forming.

6. Controlling Impurities in drinking water

Putting a little charcoal in the waterer has proven as a useful measure in avoiding harmful algae and bacteria from developing. With a bit of ash added to the water, minerals are also added. Remember to change this charcoal regularly when cleaning the waterer.

7. Regulating acidity in manure

Wood ash is alkaline and mixing it with manure in the coop helps in regulating its acidity as well as soil acidity in the garden. If your garden soil is acidic, adding wood ash to the coop floor or to already collected manure will help maintain a balanced PH level.

8. Keeping the coop dry

If the chicken knocks over the waterer, its absorbent nature will help in keeping the floor dry. It also keeps a good humidity level. This ensures the chicken feet are dry.

9. Cleaning

Sometimes we forget to thoroughly clean the waterers leaving stains to accumulate. Wood ash is a perfect stain remover on solid surfaces. Scrubbing stained waterers will not only remove stains but also polish them.

10. Snails and slug deterrence

Snails and slugs can be harmful to the chicken if eaten. Sprinkle a band of wood ash around the coop during the wet season and this will keep snails and slugs at bay.

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