Dustbath Locations

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Stacykins, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Crowing

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Where do your chickens like take their dustbathing pleasures? The garden, perhaps? Or maybe under a tree or shrub?

    I was surprised to find my flock, since the ground is finally snow covered, dustbathing in a new location. Their usual place under my gooseberries is too snowy for a good romp in the soil. But where is a place that is free of snow aaaaand has ample, rich earth to flop around in? Apparently, under the propane tank in the yard is perfect. Nothing grows under it, there is no snow under it, and there is enough of a gap for even a fat marans to get under there and do some good dirt throwing while rolling about! But alas, there isn't enough space for the entire flock to dustbathe at the same time, leading to some conniption fits and vocal displeasure from those who are excluded at any time.

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Where? Let me see if I can recall all the places. Under DH's shop, under the brahma coop, in three or four places in the yard. Just wherever they feel the need to stop, drop and roll.
  3. suzeqf

    suzeqf Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    where ever there is a hole and ianywhere i put potting soil most of the time i just open a bag of potting soil and put it in a plastic tub and they love it
  4. khatar

    khatar Songster

    May 14, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    My birds switch locations ALL the time! They seem to always have a new favorite spot.
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    [​IMG] Under the propane tank seems to be a choice area here too...lol. For some reason it makes me nervous though - I picture the "legs" giving out and that big ol tank falling on them.
  6. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    I installed a really nice (atleast I thought it was nice) dust bath with soil, sand and ash. They totally ignored it and preferred to make their own. They even dig out around the foundation piers to the coop. I'm always filling them back in.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  7. Twiggers96

    Twiggers96 Chirping

    Sep 3, 2011
    Arcadia, FL
    A fav spot for my crew was underneath the staghorn fern. Privacy & room....


    "A little privacy, please????!!"


    The chicks will drop and roll anywhere Momma does! Catching a dust bath show really brightens my day!


  8. flockof4

    flockof4 Songster

    Feb 10, 2010
    Webster Groves, MO
    Along the garage. It's dry right up against the foundation and there is a lot of old potting soil from past garden projects. They love it. In the summer, when there is cover from hawks, they like going under the shrubs and digging and rolling.
  9. tiny529

    tiny529 Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Mine have a patch under the coop that they use. If they are wandering in the yard, they either use the kids' sandbox or a patch of dirt under their sliding board.
  10. maggiec1951

    maggiec1951 In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2011
    west central florida
    It's been pretty dry here and I let them free range the entire back yard so it is pretty much where ever the first one that thinks about it stops and digs. We live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida so don't have to deal with... what do you call it? oh yeah, snow and frozen ground. [​IMG] They can just dustbathe anywhere, anytime.

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