Dust

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crooked stripe, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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
     
  3. TheFunnyFarm

    TheFunnyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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  5. Kaneke

    Kaneke Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 ?
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    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 [​IMG] I also take my reading glasses off that helps alot not to see it [​IMG]
     
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  7. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use cob littler, or pine pellets instead of shavings and there is no dust [​IMG]
     
  8. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are pine pellets something you get at the critter store?
     
  9. propagata

    propagata Out Of The Brooder

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    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?
     
  10. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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