Has anyone made a box for a dirt/dust bath

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewHobbyForMe, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2009
    My chickens are trying to take a dirt bath but the ground is frozen. The other day when it was thawed out they had mud balls stuck to their feathers. I'm thinking of making a box out of plywood and putting good dry dirt and sand in it. Then I'll put it in their covered chicken run. Any other suggestions??
  2. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    Niland, CA
    That's what I did, and it works great. Just make it big enough for them all to get in it together! They will not be polite and take turns!!!
  3. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Quote:I did one that was 12 x 24 x 4" deep and usually only had one at a time in it. It was indoors tho. Am planning a bigger one under the coop where it is 3 ft vertical space. Kind of a rainy day hangout and dust bath place.[​IMG]
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I went to the feed store and bought one of those rubber horse feed pans, then filled it with sand and DE. They loved it.... and it was all of $4.99
  5. cpartist

    cpartist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    Alachua County FL
    I use a bus pan bought at a restaurant supply store. It is strong but not heavy, and has handles so it's easy to pick up for cleaning and filling. I'm not sure how much they cost. DH came home with several one day to use to age venison in the fridge. It works great as a "hen spa" filled with sandy loam and DE.
  6. ewesfullchicks

    ewesfullchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2007
    I think that they'll appreciate anything you give them. I notice that mine like really light stuff, but when things are frozen yours are lucky to get anything you give them.

    Rachel, TX

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