Dust bath? help!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coltsrox, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. coltsrox

    coltsrox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hear allot of people say they gave their chickens dust baths and since i'm semi new to this i have NO idea what it means.whats a dust bath? and how do i/they do it?
     
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    It's not really a bath that you give your hens... it's a spot in their pen where they will fluff and "bathe" in the dust and dirt. A lot of people take advantage of their hen's natural inclination to fluff in the dirt and add DE to the area so they self-medicate for lice. [​IMG] I just gave my girls a kiddie pool with sand/DE mixed in for them to dust in. [​IMG]
     
  3. coltsrox

    coltsrox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats DE and where can i get it?
     
  4. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

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    coltsrox -

    A question many, MANY of us have asked.

    Check the FAQ, and scroll down until you see the "DE" question.
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    You don't need to bathe your chicks. Give them a dusty area in the yard and wait. Eventually they'll start rolling around in it & digging. It's pretty funny.
     
  6. DottieMarie

    DottieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a couple of my 3 week old chicks laying in the grass on their sides and acting very weird. I started to think they were actually very sick but when I went to them they popped up and ran. There was no dirt but they had made the grass sparse in that area, do you think they were trying to dust themselves?
     
  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Most likely... [​IMG]
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    That's exactly what was happening! It's like my girls go into a weird trance. [​IMG]
     
  9. Eliz

    Eliz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! I was just about to post about this because my Blk Oprs just took their first dirt bath!!! [​IMG]

    Sorry to bust in on your post! But will cockerals/roosters do this or just pullets/hens ?
     
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    EVerybody gets in on it... [​IMG]
     

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