Material for dust baths

3KillerBs

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Is it okay to use garden soil from a big box store for a dust bath?

Only if it is perfectly plain dirt with no fertilizers, water retention crystals, or any other kind of additive.

If you give the chickens access to the ground they will happily dig their own dust baths. :)
 

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If you must buy dirt for a dust bath, look for bags of topsoil with no additives, it's pretty much the only bagged "dirt" that doesn't have fertilizers, perlite, etc.

Another option is peat moss, which is what I get. More expensive but it doesn't have any add ins as long as it's 100% peat moss.
 

Sbr73

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If you must buy dirt for a dust bath, look for bags of topsoil with no additives, it's pretty much the only bagged "dirt" that doesn't have fertilizers, perlite, etc.

Another option is peat moss, which is what I get. More expensive but it doesn't have any add ins as long as it's 100% peat moss.
What brand of peat moss? I was looking at getting peat moss but wasn’t sure which one.Thank you.
 

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