Dust bathing question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by petlove, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. petlove

    petlove Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    The dirt in my yard and run is hard pack and damp. What is a good option to mix with DE for dust bathing?
  2. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    If the chickens havent been out there yet, they will dig up enough so it will dry out. I have very little dirt, mostly clay and rocks and they have dug deep enough that you can hardly see them when they are in it. With all the people that dust chicken bottoms on this site I find it extremely satisfying to see the dust and DE fly when they do their thing in the pit. I couldnt put it on them better if I tried. Just watch them, you'll be surprised what they can do!
  3. TundraChick

    TundraChick Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    West Viriginia
    I use what I can get, sand, wood ashes, dirt from the garden. Just pile it up in the run, they will do the rest
  4. I use sandbox sand in their indoor container, and DE.When it gets 'old'. I throw it in th run and they mix it with the soil and their outdoor dustbath areas. Helps with drainage and general hygiene...
  5. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:you mean you put sand inside the coop area ?

    I have only pine shavings . Should I add sand or anything else ?

    finished coop and run yesterday . LAST night was their 1st. night in their NEW HOME........
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    My babes are 3 weeks old and just figured out dust baths for the first time yesterday. It was very funny to watch how comatose they get, such is their state of excitement! It's amazing how far down they can dig, plus how filthy they get. They LOVE it.

    I said to my BF, "their dust baths are really cute now but somehow I suspect that it won't be so funny in a couple of months and they're digging up the veggie garden".

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