Can I use saw dust for my "sand bath'?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pdemorro, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. pdemorro

    pdemorro New Egg

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    Hi! I am the proud new owner of 5 silkies and I'm clueless! They have arun but the dirt is very compact. Can I make a sand bath tub with saw dust or kids sand box sand? I heard that they need this if they are not free range. Thank you for your help.
    Patty
     
  2. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    When my chicks were in the brooder box, I used sand from my kids sand box. They used it for a "sand bath" and they ate it for grit too.
     
  3. Cat_n_da_hat

    Cat_n_da_hat New Egg

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    I am new to the site and to raising chickens but my brother has had them for years , he told me he likers to use wood ashes in there dust boxes, says it really helps cut down on mites etc because of the lye.
     
  4. pdemorro

    pdemorro New Egg

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    Do you mean wood ashes from a fire place? I have plenty of that. Thanks for your help.

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  5. Cat_n_da_hat

    Cat_n_da_hat New Egg

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    Ya thats what he uses, he lives on the iowa minn border and heats with wood so he has lots of em too.
     
  6. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a cat litter box filled with wood ashes in my coop for the girls. They frequently use it and I haven't seen any mites yet. They kick the ashes all over so I keep it as far from the water/feed as possible.
     

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