How old before dust bathing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rosey516, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Rosey516

    Rosey516 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI everyone , tithe girls love being outside they are almost 4 weeks I throw all the herbs I'm growing in the run with them and they love it .. I also put a nice price of watermelon and they go crazy.. I have pine in coop and sand in run.. Should I throw grit or diatomaceous earth in the run ? Do I put the DE right over the sand?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  3. Rosey516

    Rosey516 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you..will put grit in today..
     
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  5. Sabrina24

    Sabrina24 Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought pine wasn't safe for bird bedding?
     
  6. ladynewtochicks

    ladynewtochicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar is what is unsafe for birds and small animals, pine is safe
     
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  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine is absolutely fine for your chickens....its all I use. If they have access to dirt, they should be getting enough grit....they have sand too...not sure you need the grit at all.
     
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  8. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are outside on dirt they will not need grit. They will pick up enough little pebbles and sand. No need for extra grit. As far as D Earth just sprinkle all over the ground it will help a lot. They will dust bath in it as well as pick it up and eat it.
     
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  9. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    One of Mine actually went through the actions of dust bathing in my lap at two weeks old. The rest picked up shortly after in the pine shavings. Now my girls are big ( hatched April 11th) and dust bathe in real dirt of their run. They especially love to do it in early morning sun.
     
  10. Sabrina24

    Sabrina24 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's right. Sorry and thank you!
     

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