Road dust control & chickens
June 13, 2013 5:43 PM Subscribe
It's just after 5:00 here, and I noticed a temporary speed limit sign posted in my alley by the local dust control business, with an 800 number. I assume one of my neighbors hired them to treat our dusty alley. Of course they're closed now, so I won't know until morning what specific product they're planning to apply. I'm concerned because my chicken coop directly abuts the alley. I'd like to be a little more knowledgeable on this subject by morning. Details within.
posted by HotToddy to science & nature (3 answers total)
My concerns are about 1) danger to my chickens while the stuff is being applied, and 2) danger to my chickens when the stuff inevitably stops working and the dust becomes airborne again, along with whatever they applied. I know in the bad old days they used to spread used motor oil and then all the shit that was in that, the lead and whatever else, would become airborne once the dust controlling effect wore off. So although the new products sound better, I'm still a bit skeptical. Do any of you know more about this than I do? Are any of the products listed below especially safe or dangerous, especially to the touchy respiratory systems of birds?
According to their web site, the products they use are:
Road Coat V.O. (vegetable oil)
Liquid Asphalt (some kind of dilute asphalt with magnesium and calcium chloride)
Dus-Top (magnesium chloride brine)
Envi-Rox 2000 (ponderosa pine resin)
Ligno (wood sugars and lignin polymer)