dust bathing in run

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

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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