Dirt vs. Sand for dustbathing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chocobo, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My four chicks are about to go outside into their new home and I want to give them something to dust bathe in.
    From what I've read they will bathe in darn near anything and most people use either sifted dirt or sand.
    Between fine dirt and sand is there one that is better for them or that they prefer?
    If I were to mix in DE what ratio do I use?
    Is the ratio of DE different for different materials?
     
  2. chicken farmer 1997

    chicken farmer 1997 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chickens "dig" holes to dust bathe in.
     
  3. blkwdw

    blkwdw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't that funny? Mine do the same thing... They get to scratching and soon they are all dusting away in a cloud of glory...
    and we're talking two week old chicks here.. [​IMG]
     
  4. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine always find old mulch piles dumped along the wood lines to dust bathe in. Or they just dig a hole in some dirt I loosened.
     
  5. mykl1

    mykl1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine dust bathe in the dirt. I even went and bought sand for them, but they ignore it
     
  6. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normally I would just let them make their own wallow but I have a chicken tractor so they probably won't have time to make one themselves.
     
  7. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I provide both dirt and sand areas for dust bathing. A majority of the girls, however, prefer to dig out a hole in the middle of my gravel driveway to their bathing.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    It doesn't really matter, dirt or sand. It is what you have. The birds don't care as long as they can dust in it. I don't measure my DE. I just sprinkle it around.
     

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