i want to make a dirt bath box...

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  1. watersoflethe

    watersoflethe Songster

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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?
     

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
     
  3. BoerneChickens

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    I put a mix of wood ash, food grade DE and sand - the girls love it [​IMG]
     
  4. watersoflethe

    watersoflethe Songster

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    Quote:where do you get the all purpose sand?
     
  5. calista

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

  6. jaj121159

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    Quote:From the all purpose sand pile [​IMG]

    Actually most building supply centers like Menards, Lowes, Home Teapot(sic) etc. carry it
     
  7. triggfamily5

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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...
     
  8. watersoflethe

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    Quote:From the all purpose sand pile [​IMG]

    Actually most building supply centers like Menards, Lowes, Home Teapot(sic) etc. carry it

    is it expensive?
     

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