Dust Bath in the Rain??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by norcal, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put my dust bath out a month or so ago. Well, it's just wet sand now, as it's been raining a bit here.

    I don't have room in the coop for it. What does everyone else do for their birds winter dust baths??

    Thanks,
    Laurie

    I may be able to do some major adjustments to the feeding center in my coop and make room. ?? [​IMG]
     
  2. MimiChick

    MimiChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you rig some kind of a cover for it? Maybe put it inside some kind of boxed or tarped off enclosure to keep the rain out. Even something as simple as a small "tent" of plastic or tarp might work.
     
  3. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about a kitty litter box with a lid?
     
  4. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks you two.
    I was thinking about whether or not they would go INTO a kitty box w/ a lid outside of the coop. Do you know?

    I think maybe a cheap little roof on legs. What do they call that? Not a pergola, but solid. ?? [​IMG]
     
  5. tulie13

    tulie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would think they would go into a kitty box - they go into nesting boxes and buckets and all sorts of things to lay their eggs. I would guess that they would find the dust in there upon exploration and figure it out.

    The little roof on legs - if it was big I think it would be called a carport. Since it would be really small, maybe a chickenport? [​IMG]
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Quote:a table?
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My chickens dust bath in the mud - or at least that's what they look like they do.

    They will go into a kitty litter box I know, and I bet they could figure it out. Not sure if it would be big enough for a large bird to roll around in though??
     
  8. cposz

    cposz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine bathe in the mud, too!

    [​IMG]

    And somehow they looked positively fresh the next morning! (These are red sexlinks!)
     
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  9. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know. Am thinking of re-arranging the stuff in the coop, so I can make room for a small storage area anyhow. Seemed like a big coop. 8x8(x12H). Now, I'm not so sure. [​IMG]
     
  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe a dust bath in the rain is called a mud bath. And it's all the rage at the hottest spas. [​IMG]
    [​IMG] haha! i crack myself up! [​IMG]
     

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