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How important is it to have your dirt bath in the sun please?

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Hello.

I'm new to planning my chicken space, and I'm putting some thought into their dirt bath. Can someone please share their thoughts on how important it is to have the dirt bath in the sun, or is this not important at all?


I'm looking at maximising the space we have and thinking of making a two level sturdy platform. The ground level would be used for shade, the first level is used for their dirt bath and the second for growing a grazing frame. Is this a crazy idea or could you see this type of structure working if it was done properly?

Thank you so much for your responses. 

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Scant really picture what you mean but mine have made themselves a dust bath hole in the shade. It's actually a good spot because if we get rain it stays dry too

Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Welcome to BYC!

 

Am chuckling about 'planning' a dust bath spot....I've tried several times, they find/make their own.

 

Confused by the 3 level thing.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Welcome to BYC!

 

Am chuckling about 'planning' a dust bath spot....I've tried several times, they find/make their own.

 

Confused by the 3 level thing.


Ditto - it seems whatever we humans do with the best intentions for our feathered friends, they more often than not ignore! 

 

CT

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