Dusting questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dawggy Stile, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Dawggy Stile

    Dawggy Stile Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now, the girls go into the coop to dust with the wood shavings inside.
    I have access to alot of spent wood ash, and sandy garden dirt, but to place a box in the open run with the ash and or dirt in it, my concern is after a rain would they still be able to use it? And since their used to using the coop, will they take to the box if I make one? If I put one under their coop how deep and wide should it be made?
    I really didnt want to dig a hole in the yard, and with all 6 in the coop it gets kinda crowded for em...since they all seem to dust all together and at the same time every day.
    And those of you that have followed my "soft shell" thread..the problem has been solved!

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  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Personally, I'd mix the sand and ash, and probably put a bit of cover over it to keep it relatively dry. No, they won't use it when it's wet, but probably will when it dries out. I don't think the size is critical. Mine make their own holes in both the coop and yard -- but I have a dirt floor coop and they will scratch the shavings aside to make a dust bath. Usually the hole is about one foot square; if I were going to build one, I'd probably make it a little bigger than that.
     

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