We appreciate this question because it is one we considered and held very dearly. It also shows how intentional those of you are that ask these type of questions. We hope you ask them of all manufacturers!
This is what we all want for our backyard friends right? And sometimes we can allow them to roam and it goes wonderfully.
Unfortunately, due to weather, predators, illness, disease, and other reasons we need to confine our birds in a coop for hours. This is what their reality can be for a large portion of the day and evening.
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chickens tend to flock together for safety, especially when someone is hovering over them with a camera!
When there is a collection of birds you get droppings, added with moisture or humidity, Ammonia will begin to be released that they continuously inhale. If you look up the effects on Ammonia they are not good and can sometimes be permanent. CHICK Flic first and foremost binds or eliminates Ammonia vapor being released as enzymes break down the chicken’s droppings or any mammal’s urine. Yes, you can also use CHICK Flic you other animal pens and stalls safely!
There have been several questions sent in asking about the safety of CHICK Flic relating to animals, birds and the environment.
The quick answer is CHICK Flic is safe to use and have a positive effect on the environment. For those of you that would like some more detail about our product read on.
CHICK Flic is made by blending acid calcium sulfate into a specially processed clay. Acidic calcium sulfate is a liquid and by blending it into the clay it becomes a dry flowable product that is easy to use. Immediately after application onto the bedding or litter, the acidic calcium sulfate is released from the clay particle and binds ammonia. The clay particle becomes part of the litter or bedding and helps to reduce moisture as it picks up the moisture in the bedding or litter.
Acid calcium sulfate, that we use, is used in other applications as an additive to drinking water for birds. It helps to maintain a lower pH of the water for bird health.
The clay, we use, is also used in other applications as an additive to feed for livestock and poultry. Yes, they eat it. On purpose. Now we don’t recommend you eat our clay because it tastes like, well dirt. But it is safe enough to consumed by your birds. So, it is perfectly safe to spread CHICK Flic in your coop and eventually your garden after you clean it out.
CHICK Flic binds ammonia that is produced in the litter and bedding by the natural process that breaks down chicken droppings. This ammonia would have otherwise been released into the air if it was not captured by CHICK Flic. Ammonia is harmful to birds, animals and people.
When the ammonia is captured in the litter or bedding, it increases the nitrogen content that in turn increases the fertilizer value. CHICK Flic has no effect on composting, but does increase the value of the bedding or litter when used as fertilizer.
CHICK Flic has not been listed for organic production, but there is no residual left after use as the clay is dirt and the ammonia that would be released is bound as ammonium sulfate that improves the fertilizer value of the bedding or litter.
Trinico Ag, Inc.