Corn Starch Dust Bath?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gr8expectations, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. gr8expectations

    gr8expectations New Egg

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    It's cheep, fine, non-toxic, and dusty... Does anyone know of any reason I can't add it to a mixture of compost and sand for a home-made dust bath in my chicken tractor? [​IMG]
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    A better question would be why would you?

    I don't see any benefit of corn starch unless you're trying to thicken them. [​IMG]
     
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think it getting it wet could be sticky and stinky.
     
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Unless you are planning on frying them! [​IMG]
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Or making gravy [​IMG]
     
  6. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't see why it wouldn't be fine to add. There certainly isn't anything harmful in it. BTW...welcome to BYC.

    The post above were just meant to be funny...I'm sure no one was being offensive about your question.

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  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    It would be bad when it got wet, either in the dustbath or on the chicken. Very creative idea, though!

    I would go with something more inert, that no bacteria or mold would ever feed on when wet. Something that wouldn't get so gloopy when wet, either. Sand, fine dirt, a small amount or wood ash or DE added in, are all good choices to mix up in a dust bath.
     
  8. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard Charcoal after a B-B-Q is also good! Or soot from the chimney, has anyone found this too be true? Heard it controls mites as well... [​IMG]
     
  9. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cant imagine putting charcoal for my birds to dust themselves in? But then again, I am a newbie myself. Cant wait to see what ppl say?

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  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Quote:Blackened chicken...
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    (feeling like a bit of a smart aleck today...)
     

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