Dust bath inside the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pawsplus, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you do that? It's just mud in the run right now and will be for the foreseeable future. Now that I have a coop large enough, I'm wondering about putting a big plant tray of DE and sand inside -- would that cause issues w/ dust and the respiratory system, or would it be o.k.?
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes ofcourse you can,and your chicken will love it.

    Omran
     
  3. jeannieo

    jeannieo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I picked up a big wooden box at the swap shack at the dump and put a bag of plain topsoil in it and they LOVE it. It took them a while to figure it out but now they are practically standing in line for their turns! [​IMG]
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I'm using the Deep Litter Method in our coops (with pine shavings and DE.

    I'd made up a dust bathing box for them then noticed that they like to dust bathe in the litter so I removed the box (instead of using it for bathing, several of the girls decided it was a nest box instead. [​IMG] ).

    The old dusting box:

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    Goldie Hen (EE) and one of several dusting wallows (to her left):

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  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I bought one of those storage containers that will fit under a bed and filled it with sand. I keep it in the run and when rain is forcasted I just cover it with the lid to keep the water out.
     
  6. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dump our wood stove ashes, in a pile, in the run, which they soon make god use of.
     
  7. riley

    riley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think its a great idea im thinking samething i my coop. i like the deep litter method with de
     
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We use a box with play sand and food-grade DE. They love it. You can add Sevin or Dri-Kill if you get into a situation where you suspectlice or mites, or use it as a preventive.

    It's under a platform to minimize spillage and anything that does get out coats the bottom of the ramp, a lucky break that treats the feet of those returning from outdoors.

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  9. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I use cat litter boxes filled with sand and placed under the nest boxes. They love it.
     

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