dust bath materials

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicky gal1, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. chicky gal1

    chicky gal1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you use in your dust baths? We don't have one set up and I really don't know the first thing about them. mine free range a lot and end up bathing in my flower garden! [​IMG] do they need one?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My Coop
    Mine just love dirt.
     
  3. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    green co.
    hardwood ashes for mite prevention from the start
    ashes from a chacoal grill will do the same
    put it in a small hole or dish in there coop
    but if they free range theyll feel the need and bath anyway
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If your chickens are free ranging, they'll find their own dust baths. Mine seem to tire of their old dust bathing holes and make a new one about once a week. This week's favorite is in the apple orchard.
     
  5. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If yours free range, theyll probably find a favorite dust bath spot where the soil is just what theyre looking for.
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    play sand, wood ashes, sevin dust, I've even heard of folks using peat moss...
     
  7. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to try a mixture of sand and Diotomatious Earth (DE). My chicks just use pine shavings in the brooder. They'll *love* the upgrade, lol!
     
  8. Mikhail

    Mikhail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chinchilla SAND (not dust) and child play sand.
     
  9. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just use regular potting soil. in the summer i'm gonna try fine mineral sand from the beach! i hope they like it.
     
  10. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used a handfull of Permactrin powder into
    play sand. and they love it although
    they still roll in the run and its just plain dirt now
    after they did away with the grass.
     

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