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Is a dust box needed in the winter?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rooster Ray, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. Rooster Ray

    Rooster Ray Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    South West Michigan
    I was wondering if I need to put some sort of dust box in the coop for the winter months. And if so what dimensions work best? And what do you put in it sand, dirt, ashes, DE or something else?
  2. ml

    ml Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    I dont use DE but my flock as a whole likes to dust bath daily even in the winter. They have either sand or fresh sawdust for dust bathing. It is part of their day.

  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I use sand and DE in a big rubber maid tub, i keep a smaller tub in the coop and put a larger one out in the run. They love it.
  4. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    I just keep a pile of sand in the corner of their run, no box or anything. When I change out their water I dump the old water on that pile of sand and they go NUTS in that damp sand.
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I give mine a pine box in which I place a bag of play sand and 4 cups of food-grade diatomaceous earth(DE). They love it year round inside the coop. I also add DE to their run perimeter and sprinkle it in any holes they dig.

    Last edited: Dec 12, 2008
  6. Rooster Ray

    Rooster Ray Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    South West Michigan
    Thanks for all the input I went to WalMart today and picked up a nice sized Rubbermaid container for $5.00 and will be filling it up and putting it in the coop this weekend.
  7. WildfireJane

    WildfireJane Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2008
    Mt. Morris, MI
    I'm going to put a car tire in my coop. Put sand and wood ash and a little DE mixed together. I use tires, placing a rubber feeder in them for feeders and put my water fountain on top of the other. This helps keep the pine shavings out and when it's really cold, I just use the rubber feeder for the water. It's easy to kick the ice out and refill. Jane

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