Dusting box size?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joebryant, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I want to build a dusting box for my run. There will be a maximum of eight chickens using it. How large lxw and deep should it be?
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I've seen five of my hens dusting next to each other.... they were in a space that was roughly 2x3 feet and ended up digging about six inches down into the ground to make it 'just right!'
     
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks, Chirpy, that's exactly the size that I was hoping that I could make it. Yesterday I bought two of those $10 black-plastic 2x3-foot concrete mix boxes to use as poop catchers under my roosts. I'll buy another to use as a dust box. BTW They're 24" x 36" x 9" deep. I'm going to put a frame of 2x4's around it to help keep the dirt, pete moss, ashes, and diatomaceous earth from being knoched out.
     
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    That sounds great. I'd love to see a picture of your chickens bathing once you get it done. [​IMG]
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I bought one of those plastic storage boxes that will fit under a bed and filled it with sand. The birds loved it. Originally I had it out in the run. I would put the lid on it when rain was forcasted. I forgot a couple of times so I put some small holes in the bottom so the sand wouldn't sit in water. [​IMG]
     
  6. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone have any pictures of there dusting boxes?
     
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I have mine sitting under my garage's eaves in the run that has almost a foot of sand for a run. It's in a spot where it gets sunlight all day. It will have to be a very heavy rain with wind blowing before the dirt and other stuff gets wet. When it does get wet, it should dry out quickly. The sand in that area has not gotten wet yet though.
     
  8. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I'll be posting pictures soon of my coops/run soon, and I'll include a picture of the dusting box.
     

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