Mite dust baths?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by FrizzleFreak, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, how brilliant am I? I thought, since my birdies love to destroy the ground by taking baths, why not give them a sand box to bathe in? But wait! There's more! What if I mixed in some poultry dust, so they could dust themselves and save me a lot of work? Has anybody tried this? Would it work? Would they poison themselves?
     
  2. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many people on here use food grade diotomaceous earth ("DE") for just that purpose. I can't say about poultry dust. My instincts say no as it IS a poison and I believe the container cautions not to let it get in their faces/noses/mouths.
     
  3. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, yeah, DE sounds like a better idea. I just read the label of my poultry dust.
     
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    I add the 5% sevin dust to their dusting areas with no problems of any kind. If your flock already has mites, DE won't be nearly as effective.

    bigzio
     
  5. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hear a lot of folks use Seven-- but it IS a poison... what about the Birds health-- and can't it get into the eggs???
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I took a storage container that fits under a bed and filled it with sand and sprinkled some Food Grade DE in it for my birds to dust in. They loved it.
     

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