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Do the chickens need a sand bath in the winter time?

Can I make one in the corner of my coop useing cat litter in a large litter box ?hmm

post #2 of 11

Yes in my eyes they do but i definately wouldn't use cat litter. Mix food grade DE with play sand in a container in the run or coop. I keep mine in the run less mess in the coop that way.

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Seramas, Cochins, EE's, 1 Japanese hen, few frizzles & Too many roosters and a ton of babies cruising the yard. Home of the ninja squirrel.
I am Rachel but you can call me the ccl (crazy chicken lady)
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post #3 of 11
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Sorry to sound dumb, but what is "food grade DE" idunno

I live in southern Ont. so get plenty of snow, would this make a mess in the box...do you leave it out all the time or just a few times a week.

Thanks

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How big should a dust box be? I have 25 chickens. Also, what if it rains alot and the sand is all goopy shouldn't it be in the coop?

I just learned about DE too. It's ok big_smile
It's short for Diatomaceous earth
theres a current thread on here about it.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=81651

Sorry you have to cut and paste...I can't do it the other way roll


Edited by Riocotesei - 8/19/08 at 3:23pm
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**Domino Ranch** Chicken Breeds: White Leghorn, Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Reds, many uniquely colored EE's, Speckled Sussex, Naked Neck, Cochins, Buff Orphingtions, and OEGB. Raising Brahmas and Polish.
<--Black Naked Neck            My Dragon Scroll
~Rio
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...lol I guess it did work! Sorry double post!  barnie

**Domino Ranch** Chicken Breeds: White Leghorn, Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Reds, many uniquely colored EE's, Speckled Sussex, Naked Neck, Cochins, Buff Orphingtions, and OEGB. Raising Brahmas and Polish.
<--Black Naked Neck            My Dragon Scroll
~Rio
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**Domino Ranch** Chicken Breeds: White Leghorn, Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Reds, many uniquely colored EE's, Speckled Sussex, Naked Neck, Cochins, Buff Orphingtions, and OEGB. Raising Brahmas and Polish.
<--Black Naked Neck            My Dragon Scroll
~Rio
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post #6 of 11

You dont need a dust box!  All those holes your chickens dig (unless mine are the only ones) is sufficient.  Put sand and DE in the holes and let them do their thing. To answer the other question, check out www.freshwaterorganics.com/what_is_de.htm

post #7 of 11
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My coop has a wooden floor and in the winter my outdoor run for them would be frozen and covered in snow...not too many spots for them too make a dustbath.

I think in my area (southern Ont.) an indoor dust bath would be better.

Wouldn't just plan old sand box sand work? hmm

post #8 of 11

Sand box sand works great.  We have very heavy clay here and it doesn't make a very good dust bath.  The flower beds have all kinds of nice things added to lighten the soil, though, so they go dust bathe there!  lol

We also get a lot of rain here.  So, mine have a dust bath in the covered section of their run to keep it dry and another that I provided out in the yard, to keep them out of the flower beds.

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I know someone who purchased  a kids turtle sand box.  It has a lid so she can close it to keep the rain out.

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Like this
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/6711_000_1388.jpg

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I don't believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)

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