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#1 2017-11-14 04:42:50

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
Registered: 2012-08-28
Posts: 1895

Controlling Ammonia in the chicken house

I don't have this problem anymore since going to deep litter but in the past I have used Aluminum Sulfate to control ammonia in the house. Aluminum sulfate is available in bigger garden centers for acidifying soil. It's what makes hydrangeas and blue spruce blue. It's also called Alum although technically Alum has an additional Potassium molecule. Without going into lengthy chemistry what happens is it changes Ammonia which is NH3 and gassy into NH4 which is Ammonium. Ammonium is a water soluable fertilizer and enhances the value of the litter as a fertilizer by holding the nitrogen instead of it going into the air.  It's pretty cheap I saw it advertised at $30/20 kg at Early's Garden Center and a coffee can full will treat a 12x16 for a couple of weeks.  Here's a reference:
https://www.affinitychemical.com/blog/t … m-sulfate/


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#2 2017-11-14 06:59:41

Schipperkesue
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From: Carnwood, Alberta
Registered: 2010-04-08
Posts: 15431

Re: Controlling Ammonia in the chicken house

I use peat.  The acidity neutralizes the ammonia,


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#3 2017-11-14 16:01:14

countrychicken
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From: mayfair, sk
Registered: 2014-01-21
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Re: Controlling Ammonia in the chicken house

I use wood ash, also valuable as a soil addendum

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#4 2017-11-14 23:18:53

niglefritz
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From: western MB
Registered: 2012-02-21
Posts: 1346

Re: Controlling Ammonia in the chicken house

Interesting. :coffeebusy:


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