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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlover98, Oct 8, 2008.
Hi! I was wondering how do chickens have dust baths in the winter? Thanks!
I really hope someone answers because I am curious also. And what do they dust bath in?
I have a covered area for them, and a "sandbox" for dusting. They're in it right now...
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.
Lots of folks give them a box with wood ashes in it.
I'll have to remember that soon.
I keep a cat litter box filled with wood ashes I keep in the coop year round.
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.
Question, why do they need dust baths in the winter? I thought they did that to keep the bugs off them.
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.