Pooping in the dust bath

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MimiChick, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. MimiChick

    MimiChick Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Glocester, RI
    I have 3 chickens that I have to leave in their run (4x8) on the 3 days I work outside the home. I have a kitty litter pan for a dust bath for them (sand, dirt, DE, wood ashes). So far the only thing they seem to be using it for is to poop:/. I scoop it with a litter scooper, but I'm wondering... Will they use it to dust bathe in if they've pooped in it? What can I do to keep the poop out? On most other days they free range a lot, but in the winter I'm sure they'll spend a lot more time in the run. Any suggestions/comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It is possible it's not big enough for them. A lot of chickens want a fair good bit of room for dustbathing, like the size of one of the biggest under-the-bed storage boxes, you know?

    I have not noticed my chickens caring much about poo in their dustbathing locations, although come to think of it they don't seem TO poop there much either. You can always use a catbox scoop or a rake to clean it out.

    Good lcuk,

  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I put a little pan of play sand w/DE in for my chicks. Actually, I have a small indoor one, and a larger outdoor one. They do poop in it sometimes, but that doesn't stop them from rolling around in it like pigs in mud. [​IMG] Like you, I just scoop it out. I guess chickens, like most birds, just poop indiscriminately....
  4. woolymama

    woolymama In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2009
    Central Virginia
    My chickens poop in everything, everywhere, all the time. They even perch on top of the feeder and poop on it. I rake out their dust bath area because it grosses me out that they'd roll in it when it's full of poop, but they don't seem to care either way.[​IMG]
  5. MimiChick

    MimiChick Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Glocester, RI
    Thanks. I guess if they don't mind the poop I won't worry about it. Although I'll still scoop it out for them anyway.
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have mine in a big tractor tire, but you could use any size tire. My chickens do not poop in their dust bath tire. I dunno why, but they do not.

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