Anybody have a place in their coop for dirt baths?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ducks4you, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the deal: DD had an April, 2011 wedding, horses needed training, coop did NOT get built in 2011, chickens are spending ANOTHER winter in a horse stall. =(
    But, it's pretty big--12 x 16. I had to move some rubber mats out so I put in garden dirt over 78 square feet and my flock of 15 hens (& 2 roosters) are taking daily dirt baths..in the winter...inside...in Central IL.
    DH and I have developing our building muscle with lots of little projects and the coop building starts this April. I think I'd like a box with dirt for them to use next winter--removing it in the Spring. Has ANYBODY ever done this? I'm doin' it anyway, but it's worth asking. =D
     
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  2. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They bathe together every day about 11 AM.
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  3. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Correction: 13 hens, 2 roosters. BTW, does anybody have a breed for the white/yellow/black rooster, or is he just a mutt?
     
  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't think my chickens could live without their dirt baths! I would use a very large box as they will definitely be fighting over it!
     
  5. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our entire run is sand so our girls take dust baths in that. I spread DE throughout the run so that works well. When they free range they just pick a spot and dig a hole in the dirt.
     
  6. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is sand too! They love bathing in it. [​IMG]

     
  7. Terrik

    Terrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine us sand with ash from the fireplace mixed in it and they love it!
     
  8. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine couldn't bathe outside in the winter bc the sand would be frozen. =/ I wanted to know if anybody in the north has put a box INSIDE their coop with dirt. My garden dirt is dried out and they can scratch it bc it's out of the weather. I just wanted to know if you've done this, should I expect infighting. Right now, there's enough dirt to go around, so to speak.
     
  9. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a very large kitty litter box in my coop and it is used a lot. In fact, I need to supplement the 'dust' as it is nearly empty. I just dug some dusty soil from where the flock was already dusting and added DE to the box. This winter they have been able to find plenty of places around the house to get their dust baths as well. They especially like (RATS!) the large planting pot on my back deck.
     
  10. kmenchicks

    kmenchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a large cat box with sand and de inside the coop. Sometimes they use it and other times they bathe in the bedding.
     

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