Dust Bathing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smalltownchicks, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. smalltownchicks

    smalltownchicks Seven Silly Hens

    Jul 7, 2011
    I see the chicks like to roll around in the dirt. Do they like to roll around in sand too? Does anyone have a sand/dirt bathing area in their coop?
  2. I made mine their very own dust box!!! I bought a big bag of peat moss and mix a little sand in with it. I also have a turtle full of pure sand that they are NOT using. They will love you for it!


    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    If chickens could go to heaven I'm sure that photo would be what they would imagine it to be. Pure bliss.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, MY! I am picking up one of those Little Tyke's turtle sand boxes today from a Craig's List posting... for just exactly this purpose. Why aren't your chickens using yours?
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Yes I have dust bathing areas for our birds and it is actually a very important part of how a chicken stays clean, fresh, and keep feathers looking nice. Not to mention it also help keep the bugs off them.... So yes set one up for your girls!
  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Quote:Would you jump into the belly of large turtle ? [​IMG]

    They don't like pure sand, they prefer mostly loose dirt. A little sand is ok but not a lot. In the summer they like to dig down to reach the cool dirt. Sand holds the heat.
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    The babies used it for a few days. i had it in their own pen until they got a little older and found the 'big girl' box. lol
    then yes there was BLISS!!!!


    since then, i just put play box sand in the turtle and they actually sit in it when its hot out. you can wet the sand down. make sure you drill some drain holes in the turtle for water to drain out.
  8. swmalone

    swmalone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2011
    Northern Utah
    Wow they seem to be having a good time. I only have a chicken ark so the run is under the coop then I added a pvc run extension. I move it into the dirt area and they go crazy rolling around and digging themselves a little hole to play in. It actually reminds me of our cat when she goes and rolls around on the patio, the chickens get in their hole and roll upside down and all kinds of crazy stuff.
  9. yup. You can always use a covered cat litter box as well or uncovered. i have seen that work really well.
  10. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    They will bathe in any kind of dirt-type stuff, whether it's dirt, sand, dry dirt clay, etc.

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