Dust baths

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mudsow, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Mudsow

    Mudsow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When giving chicks somewhere to dustbathe, what do you put in it. Just normal playsand? Is it ok if they eat playsand?
     
  2. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Play sand is great! [​IMG] It will not hurt them to eat some. [​IMG]
     
  3. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello. I think sand would be ok, considering they need grit and they eat grit. I use fine dust for mine. And yes it is ok for them to eat the dust because they get soil nutrients. Hope this helps!
     
  4. train2110

    train2110 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use equal parts of:

    1. Sand, we use play sand.
    2. DE
    3. Wood Ash, from our wood stove
    4. Soil, we us standard potting soil

    Hope that helps!
     
  5. mystang89

    mystang89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put mine in dirt. It doesn't hurt them, they like rolling around in it. I don't put anything special in there.
     
  6. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    What is the wood ash for?
     
  7. Mudsow

    Mudsow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't potting soil have added fertilizer and stuff?
     
  8. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    I just put a little plastic tub of play sand and wood ash in the brooder and they thought it was a buffet line!!! Silly birds!
     
  9. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours dust bathe in the dirt right alongside momma - hysterical to watch them mimic her!
     
  10. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    North Idaho
    Quote:this is kinda what i use!!!! though i have very fine dirt in our yard so i just use that not potting soil
     

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