1. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    My coop is fairly dusty. Not good the the flocks respiratory system.
    I was just wondering if their is any thing I can do to reduce the dust levels? Spray water?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Dusty is better than damp.
    Much of the dust comes from the chickens themselves, so misting the coop would have no real effects
     
  3. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of bedding are you using? I have noticed that my coops with deep litter have zero dust, but the ones I am using straw or shavings in (or a mix of the two) are very dusty.
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens throw dust into the air when the scratch and bathe themselves. Unless the dust is airborne all the time, I would not be concerned. Chickens are messy animals.

    Mine drink from the dog's bucket when they are out. Daily, I find a layer of fine silt in the bottom from the chickens. This bucket sits in the grass, not close to the dirt.

    Chris
     
  5. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    O.K, thanks.
    I find that when I turn the material I have to wear a dust mask because it is to hard to breathe.
    But this only happens when I really stir up the material.
    ( I use Lime and DE ).
     
  6. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot of dust is always around where there are chickens. I agree that dry is much better than wet and you are wise to wear a dust mask when you stir any bedding material. I always wear one when I am cleaning or adding bedding material/DE.
     
  7. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is why I switched from DE to sweet PDZ - it's not as fine and floaty when it gets kicked up I find.
     
  8. A HappyHenLover

    A HappyHenLover Out Of The Brooder

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    So, the dust doesn't really bother the Birds? Since I have a baby pool of wood ash and dirt for them and they really go at it and stir up the dust.
     
  9. shotzy007

    shotzy007 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use PDZ powder not granules on the poop bar.. I usually wear a mask when cleaning it, but either the allergies are finally bothering me in Austin Texas, or the dust in the coop is! Any ideas?
     
  10. sn0wwhite

    sn0wwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok for the PDZ to end up in the garden?
     

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