First thing out of the tractor...cedar mulch dust bath???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by patman75, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    When I get home from work I try to give my girls some free range time. For an hour or two. Time is limited.

    Instead of free ranging the first thing they do is go over to one of my landscape beds and dust bathe in cedar mulch. And they will stay there forever unless I kick them out get them to start foraging around.

    Correct me if I'm wrong...I need to clarify a few things.

    cedar help keep pests down?? I have checked them over and they look pest free. Is too much cedar baths a bad thing? Am I missing anything?

    Or like anyone a nice bath just feels good after being in a tractor for a day or 2. [​IMG]

    Here is a picture of them in there bathing glory. [​IMG]


    thanks for the help.

  2. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    I believe cedar mulch would be the same as the shavings, just in different form.. The oils in cedar is toxic to chickens... You need to keep them away from it or change the mulch out to something that will not harm them...

    Goddess [​IMG]
  3. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I think they like that it's dry and sunny. The mulch looks old enough that it shouldn't cause the chickens any harm.

    You could try giving them a kitty litter box with sand, peat moss, and/or stove ash mixed together in their tractor to dust bath in during the day.

    They look very happy and relaxed in the pic.
  4. chickiedoodle

    chickiedoodle In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2008
    I believe that it is only the fumes of the cedar that harm the chickens--outside there is not a problem. I know people who use it in the runs--just not the coop. When my girls find a way around the fence and into the yard the cedar mulch in my flower beds is their favorite hangout [​IMG] It makes a humongous mess--but they seem to like bathing in that more than eating the plants, so I guess it at least gives my garden a fighting chance [​IMG]
  5. Metanoia

    Metanoia Chirping

    Aug 4, 2009
    South Australia
    If they're in a tractor (on the grass?) they they probably don't have much interest in ranging and just want to bathe and lounge about. I know mine spend more time bathing in dirt than they do forraging when they're out and about. Sweet things! Nice photo

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