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Offlinebadmotofinger
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hydrated lime question
    #895835 - 09/20/02 02:01 PM (19 years, 1 day ago)

My cats friend is going to case her rhy with 50/50+ casing mix, but says she is unable to find hydrated lime. Nurserys around her area say the soil is already acidic, so it's just not needed around here. Anyway, she asked me to find out if there is a substitute that can be easily obtained, or if it can simple be omitted with satisfactory results.


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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: badmotofinger]
    #896374 - 09/21/02 12:17 AM (19 years, 1 day ago)

Check at a local feedmill. It's fed to chickens as a diet supliment.


Edited by Shdwstr (09/21/02 12:19 AM)


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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: badmotofinger]
    #896444 - 09/21/02 12:49 AM (19 years, 1 day ago)

Re hydrated lime--nursery lady gave you bad info. First off, hydrated lime is the calcium version of caustic lye--it is a powerful base used to NEUTRALIZE acidic soils. But it really shouldn't be necessary to use something this potent--there are any number of soil condiitioners containing calcium carbonate which is a much gentlersoil amendment which offers buffering capacity. Look for agricultiral limestone or similar. Typically one part to 4 parts or so peat provides a neutral to slightly alkaline pH--you can even get a soil pH meter for a few bucks and titrate yourself. Any decent nursery should have it. And as for chicken feed, can't imagine unless your trying to make chicken soup oout of whole chickens or its added in trace amounts as hyudrated lime will take the skin off your hands. Also, when using any of these products, best to mix at least several days in advance so that the soil chemistry can stabilize.

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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: triptoking]
    #896764 - 09/21/02 03:56 AM (19 years, 23 hours ago)

SOmehow I dont think he was planning on mixing it into his soil.


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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: triptoking]
    #897434 - 09/21/02 03:06 PM (19 years, 12 hours ago)

would upping thr oyster shell ratio do it?

:blush:


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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: triptoking]
    #898151 - 09/21/02 08:53 PM (19 years, 6 hours ago)

"And as for chicken feed, can't imagine unless your trying to make chicken soup oout of whole chickens or its added in trace amounts as hyudrated lime will take the skin off your hands."

Shhhh! ... Don't tell the guys at my local feedmill. They say its fed to chickens with their regular feed as a supliment! Works for me, cause I can get a large bag of it for next to nothing :smile:
 


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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: badmotofinger]
    #898579 - 09/22/02 12:38 AM (19 years, 3 hours ago)

Maybe if you smash the oyster shell up with a hammer or something. The problem with oyster shell is that it's not very water soluable. I don't see why it wouldn't work if you could powder it somehow. Morter and pestle maybe


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Re: hydrated lime question [Re: staindblue]
    #898666 - 09/22/02 01:46 AM (19 years, 1 hour ago)

Re hydrated lime--sure enough it is a chicken feed additive--makes me glad I'm not a chicken, eating that stuff at 7%. Course they feed the chickens oyster shell too on occasion.

So if it's not being used to buffer a casing, ("add to soil") then what is it for?

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