Dust baths

jennyman

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Hello All! With winter approaching, I wanted to build a portable dust bath. I was looking to put a mix of dirt, sand ash, and peat moss. All the sand I can finish either play sand or all purpose which cautions about causing cancer. I am not sure what to do. What type of sand do you get for dust baths?
 

Kiraeh

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Jun 8, 2020
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I made mine a bath in the coop out of a large cat litter box, filled with peat moss, wood ash, and a shovelful of dry dirt(which where I am is extremely sandy). It has a lid so it goes right under the roost, easy to deal with.
 

rosemarythyme

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I don't use sand in mine - you don't need to use all possible recommended components, just having peat moss, ash and dirt would be great.
 

GC-Raptor

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My pullets and hens dust bathe in the natural soil here.
Either under the raised coop
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or in their pen.
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In the winter the dirt under the raised coops stay dry so it doesn't freeze.
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GC
 

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