Dusting Preference

BakkDad

In the Brooder
Jun 25, 2020
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Central WA State
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My hens are now 13 weeks old. I built an octagonal "dusting box" for them which includes a mixture of coarse sand and ashes from a fire pit with occasional DE mixed in. They use it occasionally, but when I let them out (free range) they love dusting in soil that's moist. There can be a large area of the same soil, but when they find a spot with moisture, they gravitate towards that area and love it.. I was under the impression that dry dusting is best. Should I leave it to the hens' instinct? Photo of dusting box attached.
 

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