How to make a dust bath?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newchickmom, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

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    I got a little wading pool for my hens, so I can make them a place to dust bathe in their run in the summer, and in their hen house in the winter.

    What would you recommend filling it with? [​IMG] I will also sprinkle some DE in it for them.
     
  2. FalcoSparverius

    FalcoSparverius Wants a Custom Title

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    Our chickens made their own dustbath with regular dirt.

    [​IMG] Ask not why the chicken crossed the road, but why the road got in the way of the chicken. [​IMG]
     
  3. the lemon tree

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    I filled a tub with play sand I got at Home Depot with some DE mixed in.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Okay...hate to share my ignorance...but what is DE??? I've seen it all over this site...thanks! [​IMG]
     
  5. the lemon tree

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    Quote:Diatomaceous Earth. It's essentially ground up fossils of hard-shelled algae (diatoms). People here usually use it (only the food-grade DE!!!) to kill bugs as it dries up their exoskeleton and add to feed since it's a great dewormer for your chickens, dogs, cats, husband, etc. It has a ton of good uses and benefits. If you Google it or just search for DE on this forum, you'll get lots of info.
     
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  6. newchickmom

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    My reasoning for this is, hopefully, [​IMG] they will not dig so many holes in their run (and anywhere else they feel like).
     
  7. BBK

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    I just put a pile of peat moss in the middle of their run, they kick it around and then they all and I mean all 12 of'em try to sit in the middle of it...it's quite funny to watch!
    But, they love it.... [​IMG]
    melinda
     
  8. 2DogsFarm

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    I used peat moss too - because I had it on hand.

    My yard isn't fenced yet and my girls get limited free-range time.
    So I put an old wooden fruit crate in the coop and filled it about halfway with the peat moss.

    It doesn't make a big mess and they love scrabbling around in it - they get into some funny-looking positions that scared Newbie-me at first, but now I just watch them spaz around in the crate.

    From reading on here, I plan to make them a sandbox when I can leave them in a fenced-in yard all day.
     
  9. chickenannie

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    I use half sand, and half fine dirt (or, just regular dirt). Then add some DE. That should do it.
     
  10. SPRING CREEK FARM

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    [​IMG] I mix in a bit of sawdust with dirt for their dustbath and they all seem to like it![​IMG]
     

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