Play Sand or Regular Sand? Which one for Dust Bath Box?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by andischickenfarm, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. andischickenfarm

    andischickenfarm Songster

    Jun 19, 2007
    N.E. Oklahoma
    I'm making a dust bath box for my girls and boy and I've read up and I decided to use some ashes from my wood stove, some potting soil, and some sand. But, I read where one person said to get the play sand and the other one said it didn't matter. Which one should I get? I would appreciate any advice on this.

    After I get my dust bath box fixed and I see them using it I'll post some pics for you guys to see. I can stand there for ever watching them take a dust bath. They seem to enjoy it so much!

  2. chickmomma30

    chickmomma30 In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Odessa MO
    i would go with the finer sand likeyou would get for a chinchila (sp?). THe finer the better.
  3. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    With play sand,--don't they make it so it 'isn't' dusty? I would go with regular sand. this winter, I had a bag of peat moss in the barn, and thought they might like that. They did. Now, they are just scratching up the clay into a powder and they are loving this.. the idea is to coat their skin with dust, is it not? If so, anything dusty would work.
  4. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    I was wondering the same thing. I put a thing of regular sand with my month old chicks and they didn't want anything to do with it, but they will roll around in the wood chips.
  5. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    In my Dusting pit, I add poultry dust. That way, when the chickens dust bathe, more of the mites & lice die

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