Whether you’re in it for the love or the excitement of the exhibition as a hobbyist, keeping things clean is a critical part of raising healthy poultry. First Saturday is a safe, effective way to keep your chickens and their eggs in showcase shape.

First Saturday Lime’s formula, also known as Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) is a nontoxic mineral  known to:

  • improve water pH levels
  • prevent moss growth in water pans
  • reduces the ability dangerous bacteria
  • provide a vital source of calcium
  • protect against fleas, mites and other parasites

Note: Years of story evidence from around the world support that in small amounts, First Saturday Lime’s formula is safe for your animal to ingest. How much? Don’t set a bowl of it next to their food but don’t be afraid if some is left over after the applications listed below. Put it this way, it’s made primarily of calcium carbonate, which is regularly used to clean tap water.

How to control moss and algae in water pans

Learn how to The American Association of Poultry attests, a critical “prime” element of poultry health is clean water that’s free of microbial contamination – especially because they consume water at twice the level of feed.

Cleaning their water fresh is critical to avoid from potentially dangerous algae and bacteria. Help protect their health and avoid that layer of scum like slime that thrives in direct sunlight and heat and forms in poultry water plans. First Saturday is a safe, effective way to promote a clean, healthy water clean and odor free. Note: In general, clean the water frequently to keep the water fresh.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 water pan
  • First Saturday Lime
  • fresh water

Directions

  1. Clean your water pan thoroughly with clean water.
  2. Fill the water pan with fresh drinking water. 
  3. Pour a thin layer of First Saturday Lime over the surface of the water pan.

KEY TIP: For best results, repeat this process once a month or as needed.

 

How to get healthier, harder chicken eggs

Without the right amount of calcium, chickens, hens and their eggs suffer. The shell of each egg is made up of nearly 97% calcium carbonate by dry weight. A standard-sized egg requires 2.3g of elemental calcium to produce an eggshell, which represents about 10% of the total calcium present in the skeleton of the hen.

A study by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, confirms calcium should be provided to birds of all ages, even when not laying, as it is vital for bone development. For chicks to deliver healthy, hard eggs without hurting themselves it’s essential they consume at least 4g of calcium per day.

 

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Fresh clean water

Directions

  1. Clean your water trough and add fresh, clean water.
  2. Place 4 grams of First Saturday Lime per chicken in food or water

KEY TIP: Reapply whenever you replace your chickens water.

 

 

Give your chickens a dust bath they’ll love

Chicken hygiene is critical to the health and livelihoods of your poultry, people, other animals, and the environment.  Not only will your chickens love playing in a First Saturday Lime dust bath, it’s has many other benefits that can include:

  • protection against poultry diseases (Avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Ornithosis and more)
  • reduces odors
  • repels pests that can carry disease
  • kills most bug larvae (stick fleas, lice, mites)
  • improves calcium levels critical for a healthy flock
  • reduces moisture and discourages the growth of potentially harmful bacteria

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup First Saturday Lime
  • 1 cup wood ash
  • 1 cup sand
  • 1 cup soil

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Let the chickens play. Easy!
  3. For best results, reapply monthly or as needed

KEY TIP: Whitewash is water-soluble so reapplication will be needed as it comes off (depending on weather elements and exposure to water or other fluids).

An easy awesome way to clean chick bedding

Chickens are adorable, but holy moly they can be a mess!  First Saturday Lime can help keep their bedding clean and safe from bacteria.  Research proves the natural form of calcium carbonate (also known as milk of lime or First Saturday Lime) is effective in controlling poultry diseases like Avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Ornithosis, and many more.

First Saturday Lime in bedding can:

  • Keep away insects
  • Deodorizes
  • Absorb moisture
  • Kills bacteria
  • Neutralize acid from urine

What You’ll Need

  • First Saturday Lime
  • Broom
  • Clean chicken bedding

Directions

  1. Remove old bedding materials.
  2. Thoroughly sweep and clean the bedding area.
  3. Lay down new bedding.
  4. Sprinkle thin layer of First Saturday Lime on the surface of the new, clean bedding.

Key Tip: For a clean coop, repeat Steps 1-3 once a month. For additional tips on how to keep your poultry healthy visit our chicken learning center by clicking here.

How to whitewash the inside of your chickens’ coop.

Amish whitewash is an old technique used to protect chicken coops from insects.  It adds a bit of old-fashion charm while being safe and free of dangerous toxins in paint. Whitewashing has some antibacterial properties for those tough-to-wash surfaces against bacteria and pests.  Whitewashing should be done only to the inside of the shelter. Benefits of this technique include:

  • reduces odors
  • repels pests that can carry disease
  • protects against most bug larvae (stick fleas, lice, mites)
  • improves calcium levels critical for a healthy flock
  • reduces moisture and discourages the growth of potentially harmful bacteria

What You’ll Need

 

    • 8 cups First Saturday Lime
    • 2 cups salt
    • 1 gallon of water
    • 1 paint brush

 

Directions

 

    1. Combine First Saturday Lime and salt together in a bucket or large open container.
    2. Gradually add water and stir the mixture.
    3. Remove everything and thoroughly clean the inside of the coop.
    4. Apply first layer with a paint brush to the inside of the coop.
    5. Allow to dry completely.
    6. After the first layer, has dried, apply a second layer and allow to dry completely.
    7. Once the whitewash has completely dried, allow chickens to enjoy their comfy home.

KEY TIP: Whitewash is water-soluble so reapplication will be needed as it comes off (depending on weather elements and exposure to water or other fluids).

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