Dust Bath???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jenmiller, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. jenmiller

    jenmiller In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2011
    Do chickens absoutly need to dust bath and if so what all goes in??

  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Dust bathing is part of their grooming process. It could be a pile of sand in the run. some people will put sand in a container the shape of a kitty litter box.
  3. dweder

    dweder Songster

    Jun 12, 2010
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    My whole outdoor run floor is sand, which they love to take dust baths in. But, above everything else, they love taking dust baths in the dirt outside the run, under the bushes.
  4. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    We have a run that is the earth, some sand, some rocks some leaves. We had a little truck bed cap that I wanted to keep in there so that they would have a place to get out of the weather and hang out if they wanted to. They have decided to turn that into a super huge communal dust bath. They all go in there, bury themselves in broken down leaf matter and dirt, roll around, kick it on each other and just plain old hang out in there. The first time I saw one of our new Leghorns come out I thought she had been "rolled" by one of the other chickens. She was a mess. They Love It!

  5. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    I don't know if anyone else uses this for dust bathing, but I put 4 or 5 bags of mulch in my run. They go NUTS with it. They are content to scratch in that all day long. I also have two old tires filled up with soil for them to dig/dust bathe in. I tried sand, and they didn't use it to dust bathe.. Picky chickens.. Of course they like the combo of dirt/mulch the best.. Where my flowers are [​IMG]





  6. goldies99

    goldies99 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    equal parts of......dirt.....ash......saw dust............thats what i use.....of course in summer they do like to get into the mulch!!!
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011
  7. angie3881

    angie3881 Songster

    My chickens LOVE ash! They will go to our burn pit and the white ones come out black! Uggghhh. I don't know if they NEED it, but if my chickens needed a golden roost... they would have it! [​IMG]

  8. turbodog

    turbodog Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    My chickens discovered, and adore, the planting beds for dust bathing.
    They used to look really good at one time...sigh....[​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011
  9. wrestling_mom

    wrestling_mom Chirping

    Jun 3, 2011
    Henderson County, NC
    Ohhhhhhh![​IMG] So THAT is why my chickens seem to have wallowed holes in the coop for themselves. DUH! [​IMG] Who knew?

  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Dustbathing is necessary. It's how a bird (chickens aren't the only birds that dustbath) attempts to rid itself of mites and other external parasites.

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