Chickens wont use sand bath

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LeGardenChicken, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. LeGardenChicken

    LeGardenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, recently I made my flock a dust bath put of sand. The problem is they hate it. When I place one of the chickens in the bath they run out even if I put sand on them. Am I doning something wrong? HELP
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I never give my chicks a "dust bath" while they are in the brooder---they get that when they are moved to the dirt. So to answer your question---I would not want someone putting dirt on me!!
     
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most chickens like dryer dirt than sand for dust bathing. Mine make their own by digging down in a bare patch of soil. You might try making it out of different materials. Doing a search of this site should get you some good additions like peat and wood ash.

    Chickens will use a dust bath when necessary. They do it to control external parasites, so a chicken without them won't necessarily take a dust bath.
     
  4. LeGardenChicken

    LeGardenChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU!
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little portland and some water mixed in with the sand would make things interesting.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Stop, someone might believe you.[​IMG]
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Don't try to dust bathe the chickens, they'll do it on their own when they need it as long as they have decent spot of dry ground to dig in.

    I tried making a wonderful bathing area with lovely materials.....pffft....they dig their own holes, ignored all my efforts.
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Oh, I don't know - I kind of liked his alarm clock idea. He just needs to work on improving the snooze option. [​IMG]
    Ingrates!
     

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