puddles and portable dust baths

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    Lately, my chickens have been tipping their waterer, then wallowing in the muddy puddle that results. They look like a bunch of hooligans when it’s time to come in! Is it a good idea to put a very shallow pan of water in the pen for them? I move the 10X10 pen daily.

    Also, what is the best way for me to tell if they’re using the portable dust bath I made for them (out of a big, shallow roaster -- creepy!):eek: I put dust and DE in it for them every day.

  2. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    I have shallow water containers in the run, actually big saucers that are supposed to go under potted plants. I dump them and refill often. My girls love to play in the mud, and when it is really hot I create mud just for them. They like walking in shallow water, there is a shallow cement lined dip that we fill with water for the wild animals, the hens wade in it often.

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