not dust bathing in the right place

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by my3jsons, May 20, 2010.

  1. my3jsons

    my3jsons Songster

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    I thought I was so good giving my chickens a new place to dust bathe. I bought a galvanized pan at Tractor Supply and sand from Home Depot and dug a spot in their yard to sink it into. Then I stood back to watch. Those silly chickens are dust bathing in the fresh dirt right next to the pan! I haven't seen one in the pan except to use it as a little box! I guess, I should have just dug up the dirt.

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    "Thanks chicken mama, we love the dirt, but what is the pan here for?"
     
  2. ColoradoMike

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    "You can lead a chicken to a nice custom-made dust bath, but you can't make her use it!"

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  3. Prodigal son

    Prodigal son In the Brooder

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    Kind of reminds me of when our daughters were little. We would buy them a Christmas or b-day gift, they'd unwrap it, take the toy out then play in the box!
     
  4. Chicky Tocks

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    LOL [​IMG] It's not big enough for them all to get into together. I tried this as well.

    This is my buff orpington's (and a couple of resident EE's) favorite dust bathing spot. When I open the pen to freerange, they all head straight to this little bowled out area next to our carport. I am constantly sweeping the dirt off of the driveway. I can't get them to move.

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  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Chickens like to all pile in, or at least try to get in on the act once one is down. I think they'll find that nice shiny platter of sand soon enough.
     
  6. bethandjoeync

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    too funny!

    maybe they liked the dirt you stirred around when digging the whole to put the pan in. lol
     
  7. sixinva

    sixinva Chirping

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    Not many chickens want to willingly jump into a pan;)
     
  8. columbiacritter

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    Mine have never dust bathed in a convenient spot. Never ever. When we had 2 yards of sand delivered and piled in the driveway they ignored it completely and dust bathed in the newly planted flowerbed.
     

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