Dust baths?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RustyC, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. RustyC

    RustyC Just Hatched

    May 22, 2016
    I'm curious what everyone uses for dust baths? My chicks are only 4 weeks old so they are still in the basement. What age do they start using a dust bath? I plan to put them in the run and coop outside in a couple weeks. I was told by a few people that sand and diatomaceous earth is a good mixture but I'd like more opinions on what is the best/safest things to use for their dust baths. Thanks in advance.
  2. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2016
    Escanaba, Mi
    Fallowing as I am in the same situation
  3. tamaraly81

    tamaraly81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2014
    United States
    Our hens loved bathing in the garden so I got them sand as some people have mentioned it. Our chickens wanted nothing to do with it so I got them top soil for their run (also have DE earth mixed in)...they're now dust bathing in their run and occasionally in the sand driveway under our truck, assuming to keep cool on a hot day. Chickens are strange, there's no perfect thing for dust baths..just have to try and see what they like...I'd start with the top soil though. We have 4, 4 week old hens and I put some dirt from the big girls' run in a cake pan for them to see if they would use it, they were in it within an hour or 2. :)
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  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    I don't care for DE. But I bring a dish of good ol' dirt from the back yard in to brooder chicks. They love it & they get a little exposure to whatever might be there.
  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Purchased top soil for mine, mixed some DE & PDZ in, my 4 pullets love it but they also dust bath out in the dirt out back.
  6. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2013
    New Jersey
    Any standard topsoil will do the trick! I would let my chickens free range in the backyard and they would find a spot in the garden to park themselves and bathe. You can mix in DE which is good for getting out mites and other parasites, but I never personally used it. I looked into it, but went with the old fashioned dirt. Chickens are pretty good at taking care of themselves, so they'll find a spot they like in the run and bathe.
  7. jjroxsand78

    jjroxsand78 New Egg

    Aug 17, 2013
    Cantonment FL
    My chickens are free range in the day and they use the dirt or sand. You could put a container of DE in a coop.

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