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Dust bathing for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by callen0912, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. callen0912

    callen0912 Chirping

    Jan 31, 2015
    How soon is it recommended to provide an area in the brooder for dust bathing? Is it even necessary this early on?
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Its not necessary. They'll bathe in the shavings if they don't have dirt.
    That being said, I always keep a pan of dirt in my brooder, even when they're tiny day olds. My brooder is outside, and I figure they'll have access to bugs that seek out the heat lamp (when it isn't freezing and snowing anyway), so they'll need the grit they get from the dirt. If you're brooding in your house, I would NOT give them dirt to dust in. They'll make a mess, you'll have dust all over everything (you'll have dust all over everything anyway, but a dirt bath will make it worse). If all you're providing them to eat is crumble, they don't need grit. And they'll find a way to take a dust bath whether you give them dirt or not :)
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2015
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    Nov 7, 2012
    Yes, they will bathe in the shavings. I give my chicks a clump of sod on a pie tin even if they're in the livingroom. The dust from that is IMO no where as bad as the dander that they shed on a daily basis.

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