Help, how do I make a dust bath?

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  1. A-homestead77

    A-homestead77 Just Hatched

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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?
     
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  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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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.
     
  3. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I cut a plastic 45 gal barrel to use as a container about 12" up from the bottom. I use basically the same ingrediants as you a long with some wood ashes ( it keeps mites away).
     
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  6. Kellycbf

    Kellycbf Out Of The Brooder

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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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