Poultry world, 6(6): 193 (June, 1877)

Charcoal and Lime

Permit us again to urge all breeders of poultry who wish healthy fowls, to be liberal in supplying their fowls with charcoal. It is one of the best preventives of diseases amongst fowls that can be named.

Even if the fowls are not confined, but especially so if they are, charcoal pounded up into bits or pieces about the size of a grain of corn, or a little finer, should be put around in small piles where the fowls can have easy access to it, and they will soon make use of it. The cost of charcoal is but a trifle and where the distance from town or city is so great as to prevent it from being readily obtained therefrom, the ashes from a wood-stove may be sieved out and the small bits of charred wood or charcoal used in the place of that made in the regular way. Especially during the spring and early summer months, is it advisable to use charcoal freely. Lime, too is valuable in many ways. In the form of whitewash it begets cleanliness, freedom from disease, and laying hens should have lime where they can make use of it, in assisting in the production of eggs.