Dust bath in a chicken tractor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lcflwt, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. lcflwt

    lcflwt New Egg

    Sep 22, 2011
    A few years ago I kept 10 hens in a daily moving tractor around the yard because I HATE to clean a coop. Now I am reading so much about dust baths and controlling lice and mites. If they had lice/mites, I did not know it, not even the second laying year. I never heard any of the hens complain about not having a bath...

    Are dust baths necessary? Particularly if they are on fresh clean ground every day?
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Most of my birds are tractored and they make their own dust baths. I've never provided them with one.
  3. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    During the winter months I put a cat litter pan in my tractor filled with sand for the girls to bath in. I put de in the sand. They seem to enjoy it and do use it during the winter. During the other times of the year, they dustbath in the yard.
  4. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    Mine free-range (6 months olds) and I have only seen them dust-bathing once. I would have never known what they were doing except for reading on BYC. My girls do get a bit of rain. They generally go under a bush or tree rather than a roof when it rains.

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