Dustbath Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by IHeartCapnHook, May 10, 2009.

  1. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    North Dallas
    Do chicken instinctively know how to dust bathe themselves? I have a large plastic bin (you know the kind that go under your bed with wheels and lid) full of play sand for my girls to dust bathe in. I take the lid off the sandbox and the first thing they all do is come running and eat the sand? I have only seen one chicken actually doing the dust bath in there. Nobody seems to ever want to get clean? I see my neighbors chickens always playing in their sandbox, but mine never seem to?

    Is there something I can do to encourage them? Are they squeeky clean chicken and not need cleaning?

  2. I had to put mine IN the sandbox that I built them and kinda swish it around. They got the idea after a while...
  3. EricShane

    EricShane Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    SouthWestern Ohio
    mine dust bath on one of the old barn floors, they love it!
  4. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    I didn't teach them, because I was new to chickens. They just knew. I got them as baby chicks, so it's instinctive. They scratched a little dent in the ground, then layed on their sides and kicked like crazy. What a mess! The hole got bigger. The girls got dirtier. The girls got bigger. The hole got bigger. The girls got dirtier. Well, you get the idea.
  5. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    TX baby!
    We put ours out when they were a few weeks old and they started dust bathing themselves.
  6. cimarron

    cimarron Songster

    Oct 25, 2008
    Central Tejas
    i use a mixture of sand, regular dirt and old fireplace ashes (now if i could only figure out how to put those empty coffee cans to use...!) for the bath. they seem to love it. i keep making the tub bigger but it's never big enough. a chicken dust bathing is a great sight the first time. once you get over the shock of them writing around. and figure out that they're not in their death throes but a state of pure chicken ecstasy.

    it's ok if they're eating the sand. .that's their grit for digestion.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Mine found a dirt pile on one of their first trips outside. They were two and half weeks old at the time. They figured it out real quick, all on their own.

  8. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Put lots of peat moss, dirt, and ashes in with your sand, and stand back and watch.
  9. alagary

    alagary Chirping

    Dec 27, 2008
    prattville al.
    Would it be okay to add Sevin Dust in the holes where the bathe ?
  10. RedHead

    RedHead Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    East Lake, NC
    Would it be okay to add Sevin Dust in the holes where the bathe ?

    I'm pretty sure Sevin Dust is not a good idea. I'd just go with some food grade DE​

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