Dusting !!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by zark, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. zark

    zark Out Of The Brooder

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    I have eight Barred Plymouth Rocks that are about thirty five days old. I live in about the center of Pennsylvania. I have them in a old block walled milk house that is about fourteen feet by twenty. I have noticed they try dusting in the wood chips, sometimes the grit, etc. Should I just get them a good sized pan of dirt and let them have at it???
     
  2. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    You bet! They would love it! [​IMG]
     
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sure! They would probably love it! There are a few people on here that make sand boxes for their chickens. Some people also use food grade DE (HAS to be food grade).
     
  4. zark

    zark Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to this chicken raising. What is DE ??
     
  5. Godiva

    Godiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Diatomaceous Earth. DO a search on the net - very interesting. I mix sand and a handful or two of DE in a hogpan (from the feedstore) and when they aren't stuffing themselves on it they are dusting in it. The DE is good for keeping them free of mites etc and also internal parasites as well as providing minerals and other good things. Cuts down on the fly population that breeds on the manure and helps with odour problems too, great stuff.
     

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