Building a Dust Bath. Wood Ash?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mary Herb, May 27, 2017.

  1. Mary Herb

    Mary Herb Just Hatched

    May 20, 2017
    I am wanting to build a dust bath for our flock out of several used tires. I have been reading several different suggestions on what all to use, some suggest a mixture of wood ash, DE, sand, and soil. And then some say that just sand is fine. Is there any preference to this for them? Or any benefit for adding wood ash?
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We use a mixture of peat moss and wood ash. I have read that the wood ash naturally repels mites & lice.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I like a range of particle sizes. The fine stuff appears to make to parasites can not hang on while the coarser materials penetrate into feathers better. I have not seen a study on wood ash impacts on mite abundance, certainly nothing that deals with repelling.

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