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Dust Bath Ingredients

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tholian, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Tholian

    Tholian In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2011
    I heard that a good Dust bath for my birds is Diatomaceous earth, and sand. But I also remember that Ash may be a good ingredient too. Would this be Wood and paper ash?

  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    And yes wood and paper ash. [​IMG]
  3. alleyjazz

    alleyjazz In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2010
    Southern New Hampshire
    I put together a dust bath for my girls a couple of weeks ago. I used only play sand and DE. It can be muddy outside and the ground is frozen and I thought this would be a good solution. At first they just ate it, but now they have finally figured out how to use it. I'm not sure what type of ash to use but I was thinking about adding some sort of dirt or soil. Good luck with it.
  4. FiveHens

    FiveHens Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    We use the ash from our fireplace & wood stove, with the big bits taken out. Also sand and dirt.

    RMBGKY In the Brooder

    Nov 29, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    I am just getting started so I am trying to learn. Do you normally put a cover over the Dust box? Many of the pictures I see do have roofs over the dusting area.
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Please use DE very sparingly if you must use it at all. It helps with odor and moisture control, but it is also very rough on lungs, yours and the chickens'. Sprinkle it lightly only.

    A dust bath is by definition dusty, in other words, dry. If it is out in the rain it becomes a mud bath. But then some chickens like a mud bath, too.
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  7. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Songster

    Jul 3, 2009
    I just used a large cardboard box cut down to about 8 inches high. I can't say that I have ever seen them use it. They are trying to peel all the cardboard. I used a mix of play sand, construction sand and a little de.

  8. alleyjazz

    alleyjazz In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2010
    Southern New Hampshire
    I use a concrete mixing tub from Home Depot and keep it inside the coop so weather is not an issue.
  9. Tholian

    Tholian In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2011
    Thanks for all the replies. I did use maybe too much Dy earth, so I will cut back on that. I have a Burning can out back I throw the papers in and cardboard boxes to make the ash. But I haven't had a chance to throw it in the mix yet. I picked one of those Rubber watering Bowls from Tractor Supply to put my stuff in. A few know it is for thier dust bath. But I have caught a couple of the Bantams doing the same thing in the finer wood shavings. OH well, as long as they are enjoying it.
  10. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    About once a year I dump my barbecue ashes out in the field and the girls find it and use it as a dust bath. They LOVE it. [​IMG]

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