Dust bins!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Justafarmgirl, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Justafarmgirl

    Justafarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I know chickens love dust baths- whats the best way to go about incorporating this into their pen? (Note the earth I live on is hard-packed and very damp most of the time) I was thinking of getting them a sandbox and putting it under their coop so it doesnt' get rained on. Suggestions?
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a large plastic tub in the coop (tried in the run under the tarp, but it got wet and messy still). I fill it will ashes from the wood stove and they love it. About to go out and add ashes in a few minutes! You can tell when they have been in the box cause they are all gray.
    now in the summer I don't have ashes, but it is usually dry enough in the summer that they make thier own dust bath areas in the runs
     
  3. Justafarmgirl

    Justafarmgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks! Thats a great idea :3 I don't have a wood stove but we have a firepit we use just often enough I think I can keep it full [​IMG] Thanks for the idea!
     
  4. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    I got one of those covered turtle sandboxes on freecycle. Put in a bag of play sand, some ashes and DE.
    Cover it at night and when it's supposed to rain...
     
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  5. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a sandbox for my chickens made from an old frame of a bookshelf or something, (no back) turned on it's side, filled it with play sand, mixed in a little diatomaceous earth and wood ashes - they love it in there. It's in a shady place in the summer where it stays cool and a little damp, and a dry sunny place in winter, where it's warmer.
     
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  6. kleeo12

    kleeo12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep reading about using ashes in their dust pans...can I ask why? [​IMG]
     
  7. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    It's supposed to kill creepy crawlies.
     
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    kleeo12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no!! I dont have access to ash! Someone told me to use seven dust?
     
  9. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    I personally wouldn't use Sevin as preventative.

    You don't have any friends with a wood or pellet stove?
     
  10. kleeo12

    kleeo12 Out Of The Brooder

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    No I sure dont, and I live in Florida so there is no fireplaces either....hhhmmm then do you have any other suggestions I should use in the dust?
     

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