Question about building my dust bath area

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChirpyChicks1, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    My chicken run is around 7'x12' and I'm needing to redo the dust bath. Last summer I used my daughters old turtle sandbox but it just took up too much room and because I hasn't drilled holes it was a nasty mess if I didn't get the cover on fast enough during rain. My run floor is rock so I'm thinking of building just an rectangle frame (no bottom) and simply sitting it on the rock and filling it with sand. If I don't have a cover for it will having no bottom allow it to drain enough? I realize I might have to rake it a bit to mix it up, and replace sand that might get swept away with the rain.

    I'm thinking about putting a cat litter box with lid in the coop as well but I'm worried that they will end up fighting since that would be so small.

    Helpful opinions???
  2. tobit

    tobit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2014
    Our chickens prefer to make their own small hollow with dry dirt/dust in it, to a box with sand in, just make sure it has cover from rain and they should really like it!
  3. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    I like your idea of the rectangle with sand. I wouldn't worry about putting a sand box in the coop. Having access to the sand box in the run should be good enough.

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