Ice melting products and chickens

nhsuzanne(z5 SW-NH)December 14, 2009

Does anyone know if the calcium chloride or rock salt is safe to use around where chickens might be? I really need to use something around the doors to the coop as we have had quite a bit of sleet and then thawing and freezing. I just need to be sure what is safe and what is not.


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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

Something to worry about is grains of salt staying high and dry and being eaten, if you can use a liquid solution that is ideal.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 1:41AM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

Do you have to actually melt the ice? Can you chip it away and use sand for traction? I would be very cautious using salt products around hens -- they're so curious with their beaks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Busy Solitude Farm

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 7:21PM
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nhsuzanne(z5 SW-NH)

Johanna, they won't be able to get at it. I need to keep the ground soft at the entrance door. There is that white stuff called calcium chloride I wonder if that is safer than rock salt.

Next year I am going to have to find a new design for my coop and run. I have this problem every winter.

Just for my information why exactly is salt bad for chickens? I know it is but why?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2009 at 10:14AM
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