do i need to make a dust bath?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jeremy frenz, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. jeremy frenz

    jeremy frenz In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    portland OR
    do i need to make a dust bath for my chickens or will they make it them selves? [​IMG]
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Believe me they will make their own![​IMG]
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Chickens can turn turf over better than a rototiller!
  4. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    If you don't want them to make their own, you might want to provide them with a dustbathing area. (Then they still might try to make their own...)

    My soil is thick red clay, mostly, which is not very good for dustbathing because it holds moisture for a long time. (It's hard to dustbathe in mud--and any hole they dig is bound to become muddy after a good rain! [​IMG] ) If you have a little dust bath for them, you can also add in things like DE, which will help with mites and fleas and so forth.

    It's not a necessity, and there's no guarantee they'll use it exclusively. You may STILL find holes in your run. After all, they're chickens. But seeing them use any little toy I've provided them with makes me happy.
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    We also live where the soil is clay. So...last week, I made my hens a sand box. I left it inside the coop, because I wanted them to have a dry place. Its been raining so much here all is MUD!

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