Managing Dustbathing Areas

SnowPeeOstrichU

Songster
7 Years
Hi all!

I'm not new to raising chickens, but I recently moved to a farm and we haven't quite gotten everything going again. Previously, we had bark chips all over the place as weed control, and the hens loved dust bathing in it! However, we're not doing so much weed control but want to have a nice outside spot for the girls to dust bath..

Is it easy to just dig a small pool spot and fill it?

What is the best to give for dustbathing? Sand, barkchips, etc?

Thanks!
 

Monguire

Songster
5 Years
May 18, 2014
164
59
116
Manassas, VA
My chooks enjoy the 1/2 sand 1/2 dirt mix in their run for bathing. Common additives folks like to dump in for pest-control are a bit of food-grade DE and/or wood ash. Both are wonderful for external parasite control and the chooks will often eat a bit of the ash...i'm guessing it also provides some tiny nutritional value or else they wouldn't eat it.

Absolutely you can dig a small hole and fill with stuff for them to bath in. The only problem I ever ran into was them not bathing where I wanted them to. I'd dig a little pit and go to the time/expense of filling it with sand/dirt/ash and they'd ignore it. Chickens....sigh.
th.gif
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Nov 27, 2012
95,154
126,078
1,807
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
How to 'manage' it?


Make a nice depression in the ground and fill with lovely things like sand, loose soil, maybe some peat moss, wood ash etc....
......then watch them dig a foot deep hole not more than 3 feet away from your carefully prepared one!
gig.gif


Sorry....seriously tho....yes, make them a spot, see if they'll use it, but don't be surprised if they find their own.
 

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
11 Years
Sep 19, 2009
26,373
17,726
856
Holts Summit, Missouri
I am using a silty loam mixed with potting soil and ash left over from burn pile. The mixture fills a metal washtub about 1/3 full. Tub has a hole in the bottom so rain quickly drains out. Tub was kept in a sunny location with a good view of surroundings yet near cover. Birds picky about location and I had to play with things to get birds into desired use over flower bed. Yesterday we had to cannibalize tub for use in capturing a swarm. I will try a plastic protein tub next.
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Nov 27, 2012
95,154
126,078
1,807
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
I'm with aart on this one! Mine dig holes all over the place. I might add some wood ashes to a good spot, but otherwise They do their own thing. Mary
The holes they dig blow my mind...tho I think some of mine were helped by mole tunnels.

Oh and if you add ash, they will eat some, turns their poop black.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom