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How to Use Agricultural Lime for Chicken Coops

2012-11-07   Views:34

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Agricultural hydrated lime helps keep the litter in a chicken coop more friable. This means that the lime keeps the litter crumbly and open to evaporation. Using lime prolongs the length of time between cleaning out the chicken coop, because the lime

How to Use Agricultural Lime for Chicken Coops

Agricultural hydrated lime helps keep the litter in a chicken coop more friable. This means that the lime keeps the litter crumbly and open to evaporation. Using lime prolongs the length of time between cleaning out the chicken coop, because the lime keeps the litter in the coop more absorbent and less likely to paste up or cake over. When faeces cakes over, it has a nasty habit of trapping moisture in the litter. Moisture leads to unhealthy living conditions in the coop which can exacerbate respiratory diseases in chickens.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Plastic cupPlastic coffee can5-gallon bucketScaleFlour sifterFresh litterPitchforkRubber glovesDust maskSafety glasses

Instructions

1 Count the number of laying hens you have in the chicken coop and then measure out 0.454kg. of lime per hen. Set a plastic coffee can on top of a scale. Scoop the lime out of the bag with a plastic cup and pour it into the plastic coffee can until the scale reads 0.454kg. Pour the pound of lime into a 5-gallon bucket. Repeat this process until you have measured out all of the lime.

2 Place the lime in a flour sifter and scatter it over the floor of the chicken coop. Hold the sifter close to the ground to minimise the dust cloud. Scatter the lime until a fine layer covers the entire floor of the coop. Only scatter the lime where litter is found.

3 Cover the lime with 1 inch of fresh litter, and mix the fresh litter, the lime and the old underlying litter with the tines of a pitchfork. Thoroughly mix the materials together to ensure the lime gets mixed in evenly.

Tips and warnings

Apply the lime as often as needed until the litter of the coop becomes friable. You can apply lime every two to four weeks to minimise compaction.

Mix the litter every two or three days to keep the lime in contact with the litter.

Ten to 6.8kg. of lime per 100 square feet of floor space is a formula useful for larger chicken coops.

Wear rubber gloves, a dust mask and safety glasses while handling and applying the lime because it is caustic and can irritate sensitive tissues.

If you don't mix the lime in well enough, it can burn the feet of your chickens. This happens if the chickens walk in concentrated amounts of the lime.

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