Dust

crooked stripe

Songster
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
846
7
161
N.E Ohio- Suffield
Does any one have a good fix for all the dust from the chicks. I spend a ton of time cleaning and it is just a little to cold for the coop. It is still worth cleaning and watching them grow. Just hopeing. John
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
24,434
134
371
Forks, Virginia
They are dusty critters. No cure for it that I know of and I have been doing this for a very long time. However, if you do find a magic cure please let me know ASAP! LOL
 

TheFunnyFarm

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 4, 2008
71
1
31
SE Wisconsin
I have 34 chicks in a 3x3x8 stock tank in our family room dust doesn't seem to be a problem yet........but now I'm freaking out because I started thinking they would have to be here for about 5 or 6 weeks (wisconsin weather) may be longer........I'v gone down right chicken CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

crooked stripe

Songster
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
846
7
161
N.E Ohio- Suffield
I clean 2 times a day and there is no way I can keep up. My chicks are just 4 weeks. The wife seems to enjoy keeping them in the family room so I just keep cleaning. They flap their wings and it looks like a snow storm. I am waiting for things to start disappearing from the dust. Eyes aren't what they use to be. John
 
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Kaneke

Songster
12 Years
Jan 9, 2008
1,691
7
173
between Yelm and McKenna
nylon net, tulle, or "no see um" netting over the brooder ?

wiping down with microfibre cloth ?

furnace filter except where the heat lamp is ?

feather duster from flylady.net ?

just ideas ...

I liked the idea of using alfalfa pellets rather than shavings ... I wonder if that would cut down the dust, or at least change the character of the dust ?
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
7,502
87
301
WV
Nope there is no cure except to clean and dust alot!!!...There is a craft store in DC that specializes in a brand of whimsical furniture its called Dust Furniture...Heck, I have that here all the time with chickies in a brooder box in the house...lol...so I now have classified my house furniture my dust furniture
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I also take my reading glasses off that helps alot not to see it
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propagata

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 15, 2012
25
1
22
Raleigh, North Carolina
Any one know when the dust starts? My chicks are two weeks old and so far it hasn't been a problem, but as I am a neat freak it would be nice to know so I can move them into the garage :) Does the dust come from the bedding?
 

crooked stripe

Songster
12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
846
7
161
N.E Ohio- Suffield
I believe the dust comes from feather development. I like to look at is as the feathers grow in little tubes and as the feathers grow the tubes fall apart exposing the feathers thus make dust. I keep the brooder in the barn where I store my rc airplanes and at times the dust gets so bad you can't see the designs on the wings. This only takes a few days from a dozen chicks. Cleaning is well worth it when you can get hand raised chicks. Just part of life. I have no degree in chickenology just what I see. I think the dust starts as soon as the feathers start. Within a week or so. John
 
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