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Alternative Materials for Dust Baths

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by M.sue, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. M.sue

    M.sue Songster

    May 29, 2011
    Ashes or Black Dirt, Sand & DE are the materials I use to make my dust baths out of. I was wondering what other materials some BYCer's use or what could be substituted to make one. I have everything I need but since it's rained recently the ashes & black dirt are wet....would take several days to dry out. I'd like to make a fresh bath for them today so any input would be helpful.

  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    I had a NPIP tester tell me you can use road dirt mixed or sand with peat moss and DE.
  3. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Mine prefer plain pete. I tried the sand and DE in it but the one that was plain was the favorite.
  4. DE just by itself is funny because it turns all your chickens/quail all white. I usually give them DE and sand but they mostly prefer the plain old dirt on our property.
  5. M.sue

    M.sue Songster

    May 29, 2011
    Well since the ground is wet and would take too long to dry out a load of it......Pete it is. I'll mix in some DE. Thanks & my chickens will thank you too!!!

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