how often do chickens dust bath??????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eeiko321, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi guys, just a question i thought id ask...

    because ive dusted m,y hens with poultyr dust and it still dust baths...

    so is there still mites?
    or is it just in its instinct to do that...

    if so how often?
     
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine dust bathe all the time, well except when they are not eating. [​IMG]
     
  3. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Instinct. Mine do it often! Several times a day here.
     
  4. mainchick

    mainchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whenever they feel like it! It helps keep the bad bugs in check but they can still get mites.
     
  5. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will do it any chance they get.
     
  6. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

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    What do chickens use for dust baths? Sand?
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Chickens constantly dust so take advantage of it. Usually there will be one or two spots that hollow out as baths. Dump a little DE, Sevin, or poultry dust in it. That way you can let them treat themselves for mites.
     
  8. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do chickens use for dustbaths? If they haven't got sand they dump their food dish and bath in the chick crumbles. (sigh)
     
  9. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:whats "DE"?
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Diatomeous earth- the fossilized remains of a prehistoric hard shelled algae. It's used as a deodorizer, a natural insect repellent, used in kitty litter. You can buy it at most feed stores. In addition to using it in the chickens dust baths you can mix some with their feed as a wormer. You should use it on the floor of your coop, mixed with the shavings. It is great to keep odor down, flies and ants away, great stuff. A real must for any fowl fancier.
     

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