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Dust bath ingredients

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ajlynco, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. ajlynco

    ajlynco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    Reno, NV.
    If I use ashes in my dust bath mixture, does it matter whether they come from a fireplace or a pellet stove, or even a garbage burn for that matter? Also, is the ratio equal parts ash, DE, and sand? [​IMG]
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    No it doesn't matter for the ash.
    DE diatomaceous earth can be mixed with sand or filtered dirt by adding 5to2 I mixup 15 lbs of sand in a tub with 6 lbs bottle of DE;

  3. MimiChick

    MimiChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Glocester, RI
    I use just plain wood ash without sand, dirt or anything else. Seems to work great, doesn't freeze in the winter and the girls love it.
  4. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a mixture of wood ash, sand, top soil, and fine powder dirt that is by a rotting tree. It is a great combo!
  5. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    I use sand from the creek (free for the hauling) and wood ashes from my stove. The sand from the creek is multiple grain size, and I noticed the chickens when taking their dust bath will eat the pebbles for gizzard grit. When I butcher a chicken, I check the gizzard and fine all kinds of polished grit--quartz, granite, and other microcrystalline agates.
  6. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    i use euqal parts of ash....(any kind of ash).....dirt....and ...saw dust

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