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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kmyers, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. kmyers

    kmyers Just Hatched

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    we made a dust bath out of an old tire its in the run. Does it matter if the sand and stuff get wet from rain or snow? Also what should we put in a duster for them? thanks
     
  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    No it won't hurt if it gets wet. Sand drains well so shouldn't take long to dry out.

    What do you mean by duster?
     
  3. kmyers

    kmyers Just Hatched

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    Is it just sand I am suppesed to use as the dust bath?
     
  4. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    People mix multiple things into duat baths. I've seen sand, wood ashes, dirt and grass, peat moss, DE (although I dont recommend DE). I'm sure others have used other things.
     
  5. psychochickn

    psychochickn Just Hatched

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    In my experience dust bath areas work best when they are dry. Chickens take dust baths to reduce parasites such as mites and lice. If that area is wet it has no effect on parasites, and your flock may not use it as much. We also made a dirt bath area out of sand, and the girls love it. Ours is covered with tin roofing. Sprinkling DE is another great way to help them keep parasitic activity to a minimum.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I also tend to think dust is better than sand as the grains of sand might be too large for effective dusting.
     
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    While it won't hurt a dust bathing area to get wet, the chickens probably won't use them when they are, especially during the cold season. If it's covered, they'll be much more likely to use it during the winter. Although, adversely, they seem to prefer it when it's slightly damp during the summer.

    I find the ideal dust bath to include sand, a small amount of wood ash, and mainly consist of very fine dusty dirt (the sort one might find on a curve of a frequently driven dirt road).
     
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I agree that dust bathing areas should be kept dry. A tire sounds like a great idea, I might try that! Enjoy BYC!
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    When we lived in FL, our native soil was primarily sand and the chickens loved dust bathing in it (but only when dry). I can't recall them ever bathing in the wet sand but they did enjoy standing on wet sand when the outside temperature was hot.

    Hope you are enjoying your flock. Thanks for joining us!
     

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