good size dust bath for 3 chickens?


In the Brooder
8 Years
May 23, 2011
my chicks are going to be large enough to go outside soon, and i was wondering what size dust bath i would need for them. they are ameraucanas, and only have 3
If they are going to be outside and have access to dirt of any sort you won't need to provide a dustbath, they'll create their own.
They need access to DRY fine dirt. If they dont have that, I would put a large (2 feet by 2 feet at least) tub with some fine dirt/dust in their coop for a few hours a day. In a sunny spot if possible. My girls get along pretty well, but if you have your 3 in tight quarters they may get bossy over the dirt bath, food and roost space.

what is your setup like?
alright ^_^ i will post a picture tomorrow if you dont mind helping me out some more. its fairly nicely sized.
You can get a black concrete mixing tub from Home Depot or Lowe's and put some sand in there (also DE is good, food grade), ashes from your woodstove when you have them, and dirt (or just sand in there).

But I agree with gritsar in that they will dig some holes and enjoy the dirt. If you get a lot of mud you might want to cover part of the run so they have a dry spot for a bath.
I have a 4'x4' box made from railroad ties filled with half play sand and half peat moss. It's a big hit with my hens, but they still love to create their own dirt bathing holes all over the place. Since chickens like to clump tightly together when dirt-bathing, it doesn't require a very large space.

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