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Dusting Delirum

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dianer29, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. dianer29

    dianer29 Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    I tried sand in their run inside a plastic cat litterpan,also tried just their pine shavings.In both I mixed 2 percent DE. The Dancing Queens tip toe around it.sit in it at night and balance on rim though not one of them dust themselves in it. Past experiences ,I had to demonstrate to go eat the "scarey food" etc. I will not in any shape of form demonstarte to those girls how to do a dust bath. I think If I had a tv I would get something from you tube download it and show it to them when and if they decide to be in a receptive mood. It is bad enough that their faces are just too good to get dirty and so I hand feed them at times. My SILKIES discuss at night umongst themselves what they plan to do the next day and I guess they have decided "dusting in dirt" is not on their calendar. It must be part of their discussions at night with all that mumbling that that they think I do not hear...........

  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
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    Been there done that....

    I had the same problem ......this summer my big girls showed the youngin' how to "powder" themselves up in the make shift dust bowls in my lovely gardens ....I spread DE in the bowls ...

    I am going to place the kitty litter box in the coop this winter again and try again ...thinking I may take the lid off....
    Let me know if the video works .....LOL
  3. dianer29

    dianer29 Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    They are my "big girls"....lol I do have litterpan with no lid . Perhaps I should of spent a boat load of money for it ,then they might do a "cha cha "in it........
  4. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    [​IMG]I am glad that you have some boundaries...[​IMG]
  5. Just a thought...if you use a covered litter box, don't they want to use this as a nesting box? I haven't had my chickens long enough to go through a winter with my birds yet, but now they just dust in the run or use the fallen leaves when they are out foraging.

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