Dust Bath in the Rain??

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

  1. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Northern California
    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??


    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

    Apr 8, 2009
    Glocester, RI
    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

    May 13, 2009
    Hayward, CA
    How about a kitty litter box with a lid?
  4. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Northern California
    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

    Feb 12, 2009
    NW Florida
    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

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    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

    May 5, 2009
    Twin Cities, MN
    Mine bathe in the mud, too!


    And somehow they looked positively fresh the next morning! (These are red sexlinks!)
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  9. norcal

    norcal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Northern California
    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

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    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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