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Dust Bath for mite control

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ladyluci, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. ladyluci

    ladyluci Hatching

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    I'm setting up a kiddy pool for the flock to bathe in and keep the mites under control. I would like to know, what's the best dirt I can use?. We have clay soil here, and I was wondering if I can use it (I can cover up the kiddy pool if it rains, so I would not get hard and caked up)
    Thanks! [​IMG]
     

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:My yard is clay and the birds like it, Course they don't have much choice. I add Stall dry and wood ashes to fill back in as the hole gets deeper, Stall Dry has DE in it & Ashes are both supposed to help with parasites. Don't know if it really does, but I have easy cheap access to both.

    Imp
     
  3. gamamachik

    gamamachik Songster

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    Sand works really well for the dust bathes and gives them some grit...[​IMG]
     
  4. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Quote:X 2!!
     
  5. roosterdog

    roosterdog In the Brooder

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    The only sand I could find in our town was red sand from the county stock pile.
    Now all my birds are red... Maybe I need to fine playground sand. I think you can buy it
    at Lumber store.
     
  6. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Songster

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    Quote:X 2!!

    x3

    I get the 50lb bags of play sand, and they love it.
     
  7. ladyluci

    ladyluci Hatching

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    My chickens already take baths on the clay soil and they seem to like it; I just want to provide them with a better way to get clean and keep mites away too [​IMG]
    I'll try sand and see if they like it....Thank you all!
     

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