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Songster
11 Years
Oct 5, 2008
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Hope Mills, NC
Do chickens HAVE to have one? I have a small one right now that they use. It has sand and pine shavings in it (all mom would buy was sand, so that's what I had)



So my questions are:

Is a kitty litter box big enough?

Can I put it in there run, because right now it's taking up their nest box spot (only 9 weeks old as of today)

What should be in there?

How often do I clean it?

What importance is it to them?

They have a box, but still scratch up grass and dust in it, why?

Any other advice?
 

lizard7

In the Brooder
11 Years
May 14, 2008
71
0
39
Kansas
If there is dirt/sand in their coop, they will make their own. Same in run. Your box should be fine though, just put in on the ground where ever you have room.
 

WoodlandWoman

Crowing
12 Years
May 8, 2007
5,717
67
283
Wisconsin
They use dust baths to smother any external parasites they may get and just because they like to. It's an instinctual behavior.
 

Cetawin

Chicken Beader
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
13,752
127
333
NW Kentucky
You can always add some DE or Sweet PDZ to it...it will help deodorize and also with parasites. Plus, it will not hurt them if they eat it.
 

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