Dirt bath in coop

pkwellman

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 25, 2015
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:frowHey all I’m thinking about putting a dirt bath INSIDE the coop. I think it would be a great idea especially for when winter rolls around. I have two concerns, #1 I worry they may try to use it as an egg box. #2 I don’t want them to hang out in there and go broody(I especially worry about my Orpingtons doing that).. what are your backyard chicken thoughts🤔 Thanks in advance from southern Ohio
 

CluckerFamily

Songster
Feb 14, 2016
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Wisconsin
I use shavings for the flooring in my coop. Sometimes they choose to dust bath in the shavings. Otherwise, I provide a dust bath area in the run and they also use the dirt floor for their dust baths.
 

humblehillsfarm

Songster
Mar 27, 2020
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Southwestern Pennsylvania
:frowHey all I’m thinking about putting a dirt bath INSIDE the coop. I think it would be a great idea especially for when winter rolls around. I have two concerns, #1 I worry they may try to use it as an egg box. #2 I don’t want them to hang out in there and go broody(I especially worry about my Orpingtons doing that).. what are your backyard chicken thoughts🤔 Thanks in advance from southern Ohio
I wouldn't simply because of the dust. Have you ever cleaned your coop and blew your nose afterwards? There's a bunch of dirt in your mucus (or there is mine at least!). That's what the chickens would be breathing in every single time they dust bathed in a confined space. Put it in the run, so at the very least the will dissipate more effectively.
 

rosemarythyme

Crossing the Road
Jul 3, 2016
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I suppose if the coop is super roomy where the extra floor space isn't needed, that could work (like we're talking about a barn, or an extra large shed), but yes the dust thrown around inside would be pretty substantial.
 

Sally PB

Chirping
Aug 7, 2020
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Belding, MI
I had one for a while in the coop, in addition to the one out in the run. It always seemed to have poop in it, so I'd sift the poop out with a cat litter scoop. Oh my! Dust, dust, dust. I took it out after about two weeks. Sooo much better cleaning the coop now. I don't blow grey/brown/black out of my nose.

I have to find a way to keep the run dust bath covered/dry in the winter so that the chickens have that as an option. What do you all do? Suggestions? Pictures?

Thanks,
Sally
 

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