Looking for Your Best Portable Dust Bath Solutions!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by getdownfarm, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. getdownfarm

    getdownfarm Just Hatched

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    Hey everyone!

    I'm in the midst of designing an inexpensive and effective portable dust bath for our birds and I'd love to see photos of yours. We have a sandbox that works well when the chickens are near it (photo below) but I rotate them around our pasture and it's not always in the rotation. I would love to see your ideas! Thanks!

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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine make their own dust bathes :barnie Reason #2 to watch where you step. lol
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi @getdownfarm :frow Welcome To BYC

    Hmm...mine dig their own holes in the run:)

    I do see your point to have something portable if you are constantly moving them. Depends on how big your rotation areas are, but you could use a wheelbarrow, just add some dirt, sand, ash, etc. Would be easy to move.

    Just my thoughts.
     
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  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Or a cart...like the radio flyer type. They can be hard to find and new ones are expensive but you might be able to fix up something similar that is on wheels or a sled.
     
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  5. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine make their own dust bath heaven underneath the porch. My cat loves to poop in it.

    Just pile up some dirt wherever they are and they will use it.
     
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  6. Doc Schoepp

    Doc Schoepp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a makeshift one using a plastic bin we had from a birthday part that held drinks. I made the raised one so they would have it available in the snow and rain without worry over the run being a giant mud puddle
     
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  7. getdownfarm

    getdownfarm Just Hatched

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    Anyone ever used an old tire filled with ash? Saw that recently and thought it cool.
     
  8. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Not very portable though unless you either put a board down inside it first so you can lift it with all the sand and ash, which would be really heavy, or you refill it every time you move it.
     
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  9. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a small black plastic tub for mixing concrete. The bottom corners are rounded to make mixing easier. I got it at Lowe's. I got the next size up, drilled two holes in the lip and attached a rope. I fill it with garden waste and pull it around the yard like a sled when I do yard work. I think you could do the same but just fill it with sand. Maybe drill a few holes for drainage and line the bottom with landscape cloth to keep the sand from leaking out when you move it.
     
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