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Dirt Bath for Winter-In the Coop or Under the Coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by motoclown, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in Western Pennsylvania and are battening down the hatches for our first winter with our girls.

    We have five girls so far, who free range most of the day on 16 acres,
    our run is not finished enough to keep our escape artists in anyways, working on that.[​IMG]

    I was wondering if we should put a dust bath in the coop or under the coop?
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  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    They will probably make there own dust bath underneath the coop!!
     
  3. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to put one in, they'll manage to make one themselves.
     
  4. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If the area under your coop stays dry they will probably make their own dust bath there.

    I think I see your problem with escapees though............They're using that ladder you so thoughtfully provided! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine will wait until I throw new shavings in the coop and then make little dusting holes in it. Also there are places under our deck where, if it isn't frozen, they can take dust baths--assuming there isn't so much snow on the ground that they can't get to them.
     
  6. WendySkill

    WendySkill New Egg

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    I absolutely love your coop!! It made me smile. Then again clowns always do. This is my first post so I need to find my avatar still....
     
  7. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, we love our coop too.........

    My girls have a favorite spot under the ole pine tree to dirt bath, It gets wet when it rains.
    I have some video of them bathing, I'll have to throw it up later, so funny.

    So I think we'll throw some sand and ash under the coop, because the dirt is hard under there.
    And more shavings in the coop.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  8. Mogli

    Mogli Chillin' With My Peeps

    i live in pennsylvania too and its my 1st year having chickens and i was wondering too on what to do for a dust bath in the winter i dnt really have a dry spot to make dust for them and i use straw for my coop floor do the really need a dust bath in the winter or can they get by without one ?
     
  9. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Chickens need a dust bath year round. It helps prevent parasites and conditions their skin and feathers. If they don't have a dry spot, you can put a kitty litter pan in their coop with some dirt or potting soil or play sand or wood ashes, and they will love it!
     

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