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post #11 of 18

Peat moss and DE in a 10:1 ratio, plus some wood ash when we have it.  They go crazy!!!  

post #12 of 18

Peat moss and a bit of wood ash from the neighbor who has a fireplace. Mine also go nuts for it.

They see the big bag of peat coming in and line up for me to dump it.

post #13 of 18
I use a kiddie pool, the mix is whatever is handy but generally contains top soil, sand, BBQ and fireplace ash and a small amount of DE and/or Sevin dust...

They also dig holes and give themselves bathes in the deep litter...

Of course there is a never ending debate that can follow about using Sevin dust, DE or any pesticide, these are personal choices...
Edited by MeepBeep - 3/12/16 at 4:27pm
post #14 of 18
Usually peat moss and wood ash. Sometimes when the supply of wood ash runs out, I add a little DE.
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post #15 of 18
Wood ash and dirt mainly but potting soil or peat moss when i have it. We had a huge tree cut up and they are loving the mulch left over from that job.
post #16 of 18
Personally, I prefer ground coir - leaves my body so fresh and clean smelling with nary a mite to be seen. My chooks like it, too, and on occasion I add it to their nest boxes with a bit of Spinosad mixed in. Now is a good time to be thinking about mites and lice, especially if your birds aren't free ranging.
post #17 of 18

I shoot for a blend of wood ash, sand and ag lime. If I need more substance, I use garden soil.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #18 of 18
Yeah, you know my chickens often tip over the little BBQer and peck through the ashes. I'm thinking, "how smart, they're cleansing with charcoal." Haven't seen them using the ashes for bathing, though. They dig craters all over the yard and nest communally in them, when they've got a choice. Looks to me like they dust bathe in the dirt and litter in their coops, too. Anybody ever use Stallfresh in their coops or he houses?
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