dust bathing in run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by frizzleman74, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Fairfield County
    the ground on which my run is built is starting to get hard because of all chickens always on it applying all that pressure..they dont really have a place to dust bath. Are their any alternate options for them to dust bath? Or will they just find a spot to dig up the soil and loosen it up? Thanks!
  2. obaan1

    obaan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Great Lakes State
    When my soil gets compacted I loosen a spot of it up with a shovel or sledge hammer. They'll take care of the rest and create the dust bowl.
    They just need help getting the soil started.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  3. fl_deb

    fl_deb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
    Because my run is elevaded above ground I have a big tote box filled ( 2 - 50 lb bags) with play sand.

    Good luck.
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    If you are right on the ground, they will be able to break up the soil and dust bath as they are good diggers. I break mine up with a shovel and move it all around once a month.

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