How do chickens have dust baths in the winter?

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

  1. chickenlover98

    chickenlover98 Songster

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

    roosmom Songster

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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 Songster

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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 Songster

    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 Songster

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

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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 Crowing

    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

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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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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