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Dust Bath Help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DanJ, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. DanJ

    DanJ In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2010
    I set up a dust bath for my 16 week chickens consisting of 2/3 sand, 1/3 potting soil and bit of DE. Instead of playing/bathing in it, they pick out the brown dirt bits and eat it.

    Shouldn't they just saddle right up to it?
    Any suggestions? - maybe just put sand at first in it?


  2. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Crowing

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I'd give them time. They are still young and learning about the big world they've been brought into. When mind were that age, they keep trying to dust bathe in their pine shavings. So I gave them a sand box and they just crapped in it.

    They eventually sorted it all out.
  3. savingpurple

    savingpurple Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Ohio
    I tried to make a "sand" dirt bath for mine, and they ate the sand and pooped in it, that's all. So, I let them figure it out on their own...and they have...now i just trip in the low spots when walking...LOL
  4. CC1892

    CC1892 Chirping

    Jul 13, 2011
    East Coast
    I made a dust bath from an old recipe I found in a magazine, it works well.
    It is as follows:
    One part Multipurpose Sand
    One part Wood Ash
    One part Clean soil (remove rocks etc.)
    One part DE
  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    hehe...mine dusbath, poo and eat the sand...they are odd creatures!

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