Help, how do I make a dust bath?

A-homestead77

In the Brooder
May 30, 2017
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I am a newbie chicken lady, my chicks are about 6 weeks old ( maybe 7?) so I decided that I need to make them a dust bath. I am currently using dirt and sand from my yard/driveway with a touch of grit. What do I need to know?
 

azygous

Crossing the Road
10 Years
Dec 11, 2009
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That's fine. Chicks can dirt bathe in just about anything. If you wish to get really upscale, peat moss is a supreme medium. But be prepared for lots of dust.

I usually just give mine a tub of sand.
 

ChickenMammX4

Songster
Mar 17, 2015
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We use peat moss and wood ash. Dirt and sand work well too. Our soil is clay and not fine enough so we don't use it. When Hubs gets a truckload of topsoil or sand delivered for other uses, I always grab a bucket full for the chickens.
 

Kellycbf

Chirping
Mar 15, 2017
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I just put an old tire in the run, with holes in the bottom. I put the pine shavings, spilled chicken feed, dirt from the yard, lawn clippings and other small things in the tire. I need to get some ash from the fire pit the next time I am out there. I hear they may build their own dust bath and if they do, I will move the tire to that location, or not, we'll see. It is all such a fun learning experience.
 

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