Dust bath...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Godiva, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to put a dust bath together for our small chicks, but don't seem to be finding sand anywhere... is there anything else I could use? I usually do sand with DE but was wondering if there is anything else I could use?
     
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Filtered dirt so it is fine. Go to a big hardware store Lowe's Home depot or ? They have it in the cement area. 10 to 15 lbs of sand or filtered dirt and 2 to 3 pounds of DE (diatomaceous earth) food grade and your set.
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  3. Mom2Five

    Mom2Five Out Of The Brooder

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    I usually dig up a little dirt in my backyard and sift out the rocks. They love it!
     
  4. Godiva

    Godiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SOmetimes we think ourselves to death! I mean, how simple is that! THat is what all chickens dust bath in after all (aside from the DE of course) - will take a trip outside tomorrow and avail myself of our plethora of natural dust [​IMG] Yee hah!
     
  5. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a old turtle sand box and put dirt,
    sand and DE inside. I drilled holes in the
    bottom so it could drain after a rain.
    I do occasionally go out and "stir".
    They love it, rocks, grit and sand, and
    bugs, and pine needles, and, etc.....
     
  6. Queen of the chickens

    Queen of the chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our hens think our raised garden bed (which is a mixture of sand, peat moss and compost) is the best dust bath in town. They also like the spot in the garden where I burned some yard waste. The ashes are nice and powdery, but it does bad things to my white leghorns.
     
  7. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I used Sphagnum Peat Moss mixed with construction sand. Then when I was cleaning out the spent growing medium in my veggies planters, I tossed that in, too. I also dig up dirt, complete with weed seeds and bugs and mix that in also. The chickens all love it, especially my alpha roo, who can be seen in the dirt bath all by himself, flipping dirt over himself, oinking in guilty pleasure.
     

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