How do chickens have dust baths in the winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlover98, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. chickenlover98

    chickenlover98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2008
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    Hi! I was wondering how do chickens have dust baths in the winter? Thanks!
     
  2. roosmom

    roosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really hope someone answers because I am curious also. And what do they dust bath in? [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I have a covered area for them, and a "sandbox" for dusting. They're in it right now... [​IMG]
     
  4. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah...a sandbox would be a good idea. we don't really have that much percipatiation so it's not a big deal for us. But a small covered sand box would do the trick.
     
  5. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Lots of folks give them a box with wood ashes in it.
     
  6. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    I'll have to remember that soon.
     
  7. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a cat litter box filled with wood ashes I keep in the coop year round.
     
  8. roosmom

    roosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I tried that. I had a nice wood box built for them out side in part sun part shade. Filled it with ashes and sand. THEY DUG TRENCHES in the dirt, not the sandbox. [​IMG]
     
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  9. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
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    Question, why do they need dust baths in the winter? I thought they did that to keep the bugs off them.
     
  10. Mrs MIA

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    They can still have lice/mites in the winter...
    I mix DE in the sand, so they "self-medicate". They love it, any time of the year, though.
     

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