i want to make a dirt bath box...

watersoflethe

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Apr 28, 2010
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i'm thinking of making a little dirt bath box for my chickens with a cat litter box. do i put dirt or sand in there? which one is better. and if i put sand where can i get the play sand? can i add DE to the mix as well?
 

gryeyes

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I've kept two cat litter pans of construction sand for all my chickens for as long as I've had them. (Oh, wow, a whopping 8 months!) But I use the construction/all purpose sand instead of play sand. That way they also use it for grit purposes; there are lots of little bits of granite, very small pebbles, etc. in construction sand. And it's cheaper, too.

I do sprinkle DE into it now and then.
 

calista

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Jan 27, 2010
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Quote:I also use this "recipe" successfully, with the addition of some topsoil and peat moss.
 

triggfamily5

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Mar 30, 2010
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Do you drill holes in the bottom of the litter box for drainage, or do you just let it go? I have a litter box with construction sand for them, but I noticed that when it rains, it fills up with water...
 

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