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Pond for dust bath??

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I am setting up my coop this weekend and it is going to be on a cement slab. Trying to think how i can have a large dirt area in there for dust bath, scratching. I was thinking of using a plastic pond and fill with dirt/ sand and then pine on top of the concrete in the other part of the run. Anyone done this? Good or bad idea? The pond sits 18" tall.
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:frowHi! And Welcome to BackYardChickens!!!!  I'm setting up my new chicken yard as we speak and I'll be putting a kiddy wading pool from Family Dollar in there for the dust bath.  We'll be adding a mix of dirt, wood shavings and diatomaceous earth. 

 

18" tall shouldn't be a problem for an adult bird but juveniles may not be able to access the dust bath unless you provide a ramp/ladder for them.  Good Luck!!

post #3 of 7
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Hi, thanks. I wonder if i stacked rocks around it they get up to it?
post #4 of 7
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Good idea with the kiddie pool.
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Really, this is a brilliant idea...18 inches for adults...and sure, put stones around (solidly), you don't want babies getting hurt...or a small stump out side for them to jump up on and then into the pool...it is gonna look GREAT!!

 

Wood ash is a good additive...fireplace or wood stove or outdoor firepit...very good for chickies...and for extra dirt if needed, bagged topsoil...mine love that....


Edited by mobius - 4/16/16 at 10:06am
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Originally Posted by mobius View Post

Really, this is a brilliant idea...18 inches for adults...and sure, put stones around (solidly), you don't want babies getting hurt...or a small stump out side for them to jump up on and then into the pool...it is gonna look GREAT!!

Wood ash is a good additive...fireplace or wood stove or outdoor firepit...very good for chickies...and for extra dirt if needed, bagged topsoil...mine love that....
post #7 of 7
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Thanks....
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