How old for their first DE dustbath??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Autumn Mama, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    British Columbia,
    My first set of chicks are now about 5-6 weeks old, and soon will be in their new coop. I am getting them outdoors every day for a few hours and they LOVE IT!!! I would also like to get them a dustbath set-up, and am planning to use either all foodgrade DE or a mixture of DE and some sand. Are they old enough for a full-on dustbath? I think they'll love it! [​IMG]

    What kind of sand is best? How much in a ratio of DE to sand? What size vessel will work?

    I am planning to add this to their outdoor time, and they can use it in their run eventually...

    Open to any ideas, thanks!!!
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I gave them a bowl of dirt at 4 weeks. They loved it!!!!! Made a huge mess and had a blast.
  3. serinat

    serinat Songster

    Jan 12, 2009
    my chicks are four weeks old, and i just caught them dust bathing in a little pit they dug in their chicken tractor run. about 12 of them were fighting for the little hole of dirt. it was hilarious. [​IMG]
  4. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Songster

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    My ONE week-old chick was trying to dust bath in the brooder shavings this morning. So cute.... I'll get her some real dust!
  5. Autumn Mama

    Autumn Mama Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    British Columbia,
    So, I'm interested to know what age is good to introduce chicks (mine are 5 weeks old) to a DE (diotomaceous earth ) dustbath mixed with sand?

    I'll ask again, hoping to hear from someone who has already done this with DE. Thanks!!!

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