good size dust bath for 3 chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whimx, May 23, 2011.

  1. whimx

    whimx In the Brooder

    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 [​IMG] thanks!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    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. [​IMG]
  3. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chirping

    May 16, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    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?
  4. whimx

    whimx In the Brooder

    May 23, 2011
    alright ^_^ i will post a picture tomorrow if you dont mind helping me out some more. its fairly nicely sized.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    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.
  6. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    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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