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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:40 pm 
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Showy Hen
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Hi there,

I was wondering what type of lime you use for the chicken coop floor?

Is it stock lime from the produce or builders lime from the hardware?

Is there a difference?

Thanks,

Andy


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:42 pm 
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I don't know the difference but I use the builders lime from the hardware store. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:43 pm 
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The one from the stock merchant. Generally superfine, almost looks like talcum powder. Can use it for garden. Can't remember about builder's stuff, I just get mine when I'm buying other poultry supplies. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:47 pm 
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its called agricultural lime and you get it from the produce store but you can get it in the gardening section at bunnings but the price difference might convince you to get it at the produce store.

I think I paid $10 for 20kg at the produce store last year at the hardware store you will pay about double that.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:54 pm 
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Yea agricultural lime. A word of warning: "Don't use builders lime"
It burns and can cause problems it is formulated to be much more reactive.
So it can cause problems for your chooks on skin contact.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about lime
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:02 pm 
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Thanks for the quick replies everyone.

I'll pick some up from the produce store next time I'm stocking up on feed.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about lime
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Builders lime is calcium hydroxide, agricultural lime is calcium carbonate mainly. They are not the same thing even though both called lime.

In the kitchen the sodium equivalent would be like drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), I know which one I'd rather in a cake :biggrin:

Use the agricultural lime it is much safer.

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