dust bathing in food

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by angelobutter, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. angelobutter

    angelobutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there is one dang chick that INSISTS on pushing all the food out of the feeder and taking a very wasteful dust bath! i cant make her stop and she is wasting all the food!![​IMG] any suggestions? she literally pushes out the food then shimmy shakes it off the floor until it has all fallen through to the wired floor part of the cage... i feel like we are wasting about half the food I put in there.
     
  2. MontanaDolphin

    MontanaDolphin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert (just started out), but...how about offering her something else to dust bathe in? Like wood ash or sand? Maybe if you put a shallow dish in there of another dust bathing material, she'll leave the food alone except to EAT it lol...good luck!
     
  3. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    suggestions

    1 - Go to the feed store & buy a Chick Feeder. they will have round ones made either of plastic or metal. Those will have a lid that snaps on/off with holes in it so chicks can get feed through the holes, but won't be able to climb in.
    They also will have rectangular metal/plastic ones that have a bar across the center. the bar rotates which keeps them from perching on them
    2 - go to the hardware store & get some 1/2 x 1/2 hardware cloth, cut it to a size just smaller than you feeder & lay it on top. The birds can still climb on to it, but the wire will prevent them from scratching out food. They have access to the food through the 1/2" holes.


    You best bet (permanent) solution is to get a chick feeder
     
  4. angelobutter

    angelobutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have a feeder- she scoops it out.
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  5. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You kidding me !!! It gets inside that? Or do you mean it is "beaking it out"
    OK, go get that hardware cloth/screen I talked about & cut it just smaller than the base, set it on top of the feed & put the top on or screw the jar on --- or however it goes together
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  6. angelobutter

    angelobutter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks will do. and yes she scoops it out of there lol
     

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