How did you add a dust bath to your brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RitzHomestead, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. RitzHomestead

    RitzHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have plenty of room in my brooder and I would like to add a dust bath for the chicks. Not sure how and what to put in it that will work best for them. Any ideas?
     
  2. Halloweengirl13

    Halloweengirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the containers from my frozen cream puffs and little pet food bowls from dollar tree.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've also used plastic containers from frozen cream puffs and eclairs, or low sided Tupperware containers :)
     
  4. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    ok so y'all like them frozen cream puff things, but I kinda think Ritz may want to know what are you putting IN the empty containers for the chicks to dust in? [​IMG]
     
  5. RitzHomestead

    RitzHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol yes!
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh :lau
    I just put dirt from my yard in them. Sometimes I add a clump of grass too (pulled up by the root), well when its not winter and I have grass anyway.
     
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  7. Halloweengirl13

    Halloweengirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah me too, those birdies love a big clump of grass and dirt to play in, ditto on the dirt from the yard too.
     
  8. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a casserole dish and dirt from the run. I dry out the dirt first and then add a bit of sand.

    Looks a little like dinner, doesn't it? [​IMG]
     
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  9. LotsOLopsChicks

    LotsOLopsChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am adding a question:

    My chicks try to dust bath in the shavings, but it's winter here! (LOL) And the snow melt makes EVERYTHING wet- forget getting dirt from the yard! Cheap alternatives or free? I was thinking potting soil from a plant?
    Psstt don't tell Mom![​IMG]
     
  10. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't know about potting soil, especially if it has fertilizer pellets in it. Do you have anywhere to get dry dirt, like a crawl space or from under your porch maybe? That's where I've been getting mine, crawling under the porch with a Tupperware dish and a garden trowel :lau
    If not, you can buy play sand fairly cheap! Or maybe pick any fertilizer bits out of the potting soil before you give it to them :)
     

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