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Is potting/garden soil safe for chickens to dust bath in?

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I have potting soil left over from the garden last season, and I was wondering if it would be safe to use in a dust batn for my chickens? And that the minerals and what not is harmful in any way.

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Some kinds like Miracle Grow and some of the others also, have fertilizer in them. Some have little green or white time release fertilizer. I don't think the fertilizer would be good for them if they ate it. Also some have little pieces of perlite (white styrofoam lookings bits) which I don't think would really be good for them either.

That being said, I know my chooks probably get into my potted plants and eat what they want out of them when they are free ranging in the yard.

You could give them some sand to take baths in. 

Specializing in Solid Black and Blue Marans also have: Wheaten,Golden Cuckoo, Blue/Blk Copper,barred BTB, BTB, blue/blk birchen Marans.  Lavender, white, buff, chocolate, black Orps, Silkies, Key West aka Gypsy chickens, Ameraucanas, Muscovies, Sebastapol Geese, Guineas,Gobblers, Parrots. 

~Sorry not selling eggs or chicks at this time~

 

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Specializing in Solid Black and Blue Marans also have: Wheaten,Golden Cuckoo, Blue/Blk Copper,barred BTB, BTB, blue/blk birchen Marans.  Lavender, white, buff, chocolate, black Orps, Silkies, Key West aka Gypsy chickens, Ameraucanas, Muscovies, Sebastapol Geese, Guineas,Gobblers, Parrots. 

~Sorry not selling eggs or chicks at this time~

 

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post #3 of 5

Get them a big bag of peat moss. It's good and dusty, and perfect for dirt baths and has nothing else added to it. I usually fill a small tub with peat moss and place it in the brooder for baby chicks to learn to dirt bathe. 

 

Sand is also a good dirt bath medium.

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, three EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, one Buff Brahma roo, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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post #4 of 5

It will be fine.

 

As far as miracle grow--I've had to call poison control when a patient in the nursing home ingested some. Her husband had brought in a smallish bright yellow bottle he thought was lemon juice and put it on her fish---which we served a LOT--- and by the time the staff realized what had happened over half the bottle was gone! I called poison controll and the man there said they get calls with toddlers eating the stuff all the time and it's non toxic.

 

Yeah, they might pick out some perlite, but it can't be worse than styrafoam and my flock would willingly eat that stuff by the block. Not saying it's good for them, but it's never caused them ill.

Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Thanks for the info, everyone, I think I will probably try peat moss.

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