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dust bath what to put in it ?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by irish hens, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. irish hens

    irish hens Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm wondering what is the best thing to put in the bath to help with lice and mite control ??
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Wood ash is great. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is fine, but only food grade and only a small amount, since it has the potential to be harmful to the bird's respiratory systems. Sand is a good abrasive to kill the parasites, and a base made of very fine, dusty dirt will help smother them.
     
  3. irish hens

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    by wood ash do you mean remains of burn wood pile ? sorry if I sound dumb [​IMG]
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Yep, ash from a burn pile or a fireplace works.
     

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