Keeping a dust bath dry?!

Chickenman MAN

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My husband cut the top edge off an old tire. I put black plastic underneath to keep wetness from seeping up into it, and then added dirt, sand, and wood ash.
He also cut a round piece of wood for a cover. He glued on a bigger round piece of heavy vinyl which hangs over the edge like a skirt. A handle attached on each side makes it easy to take on and off.

I keep a wheelbarrow full of dirt in the garage in the winter to add to it as needed. I also keep one of those under- the- bed long plastic storage containers in the garage (full of dirt), which I can drag outside if need be.

This works well for me. As you can see, it can comfortably fit a 30 pound turkey along with a bantam rooster! I've also witnessed a half dozen chickens in there at the same time!
Thanks very much! I'm just a bit confused about "He glued on a bigger round piece of heavy vinyl which hangs over the edge like a skirt. A handle attached on each side makes it easy to take on and off." What's this for?
 

CluckerFamily

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I have my dust bath container in the covered run but it would also be just fine out where they free range. My container is a small cow foot bath that my dad’s boss couldn’t sell because it was cracked on the bottom. The crack is great because it allows any moisture to drain out.
 

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Thanks very much! I'm just a bit confused about "He glued on a bigger round piece of heavy vinyl which hangs over the edge like a skirt. A handle attached on each side makes it easy to take on and off." What's this for?
A cover....to keep it dry when not in use.....or when it's raining/snowing.
 

Trampmom

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I'm sorry-I wasn't very clear on that. The wood circle with the vinyl and the handles is the cover.

The second picture shows that even after snow and freezing rain last night (Michigan!), the dirt stayed dry.

The third picture shows where I hang it for the day. Having a handle on the inside and the outside make it easy to pick up and hang up.
 

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Chickenman MAN

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I'm sorry-I wasn't very clear on that. The wood circle with the vinyl and the handles is the cover.

The second picture shows that even after snow and freezing rain last night (Michigan!), the dirt stayed dry.

The third picture shows where I hang it for the day. Having a handle on the inside and the outside make it easy to pick up and hang up.
Ooh this seems like a very good idea! If I find a tyre I may well make it :)
 

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