Dust Bathing materials?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by buzymom13, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

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    My aunt wanted to know if it is possible to use an old bag of flour?


    I didn't have an answer...so I'm asking you guys.?

    Thankx!
     
  2. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

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    Nobody? Anyone? [​IMG]
     
  3. gickelvolk

    gickelvolk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are many possibilities, but flour wouldn't be one of them..... [​IMG]
    You'll find alot of suggestions on BYC.

    Our "chicken bath-mix" consists of sifted dirt, diatomaceus earth (food grade), and some sand. Mostly dirt, though. The DE helps prevent mites and such.....

    Hope this helps....... [​IMG]
     
  4. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought a bag of DE, do you just put it on the ground?
     
  5. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

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    I have been doing the sand, DE dust bathes. However I had never been asked about flour before....

    Thankx guys
     
  6. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you put the DE directly on the ground?
     
  7. beektoria

    beektoria Out Of The Brooder

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    My 3 girls found some nice soft fine dirt in the garden up under the eaves of the house, the rain doesn't get at it so it stays pretty fluffy. I add the DE to the dirt. If I just leave a little sprinkling on top they are rather suspicious. (I discovered they don't much care for 'white' stuff) I mix it in and I add to it about once a week. I just take a handful and ruffle it around in their chosen bath sites.
     
  8. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is very helpful, thank you!
     

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