Dust bath in the brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by K Dahlia, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. K Dahlia

    K Dahlia In the Brooder

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    My chickes are two weeks old and some of them trying to take a dust bath in the shaving i use on the bottom. I thought it would be good to put a small container with sand in there for them. I bought the construction sand that is course. It was in a plastic bag and it is a little damp. Can I use it like this or I have to dry it out. If yes, how can I dry it fast?
     
  2. Chickens_4Life

    Chickens_4Life Chirping

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    Dry it out. Spread it out in a thin layer and wait for it to dry.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    You can give them a clump of sod from an untreated lawn. Place it upside down in their brooder. they will derive much benefit from it: grit, minerals, greens, insects, seeds, perhaps a worm, beneficial bacteria and fungi for gut flora and immunity boosting, dust bath, play value.
     
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  4. K Dahlia

    K Dahlia In the Brooder

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    Thank you. I will dry it. Do u think i could put it in the oven on a baking sheet on low setting? Just to speed up the process. It takes forever and a day to dry sand lol
     
  5. K Dahlia

    K Dahlia In the Brooder

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    Unfortunately we just got a foot of snow so that is not an option for a while. When i will be able to get a chunk does it matter that it will be wet? We are getting so much rain and snow this year that I'm afraid my lawn will not dry out till june.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Put it in and they will have it dry in not time..I use sand to Brood they will scratch it dry...
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    If you can find some thawed soil, it will dry overnight if you spread it out. I would not put wet soil in the brooder as the brooder should be kept dry to decrease the risk of disease.
     

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