Tina Hillel wrote:We heat with a wood stove and use the ash in the garden and in the chicken area for dust bathing. Would bones added to the wood stove have the same effect for bone char or would it destroy them too much? Sorry, bone char is new to me, but I'm trying to improve with making full use of every part of our chickens.
Considering you don't know the cause of death or even the species of the "donated" bones, I would suggest that if you were to try grinding them, you should wear a *very* good face mask. I'm sure I read somewhere that inhaling bone dust was one of the riskier things to do. I don't think it's as dangerous if they're fresh, as I have a friend that saws deer bones when he processes a deer and he hasn't mentioned it as a risk. Personally, I end up with lots of bones in my garden and if I encounter one when planting or digging compost, I simply relocate it to where it's not in the way.
Was thinking about getting a grinder to process them a bit more. Anyone tried that?