Sand bath for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fiddleblue, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. fiddleblue

    fiddleblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took my chicks out on a "field trip" to run around on a towel placed on a sofa. The 4 that were 1.5 weeks old took immediately to doing a "dust bath" type behavior of crouching on the towel, rubbing their bellies on it and fluffing their wings to the side. Does this mean that they would enjoy it if I provided a sand bath for them in their brooder space? Are they showing that they are ready to take dust baths?

    Deborah
     
  2. warmwater

    warmwater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I've read where some people have put sand in a cat litter tray and have put it in the brooder for their chicks (if the brooder is big enough). They say it feels good to the chicks because when they start to get their feathers in it itches. Hope this helps....
     
  3. kitaye

    kitaye Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely. My girls loved the sand and the fresh shavings to dust bathe in.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I put a tray of sand in mine and my chicks loved it. [​IMG]
     
  5. daisy44

    daisy44 Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls love to have a sand bath:love
    What i did was, put a shovel of sand in a hole that they had dug. They love to jump in and flip around in the sand.. [​IMG]:weee
     
  6. daisy44

    daisy44 Out Of The Brooder

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  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Okay...I'll add a question: Would it be okay to put a little DE into the sand with young chicks??? Mine are coming next week, and I'm 2nd guessing everything...
     
  8. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing but sand baths here too and they ALL love it!!!!
     
  9. LOVEMYCHICKS03

    LOVEMYCHICKS03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes thats good DE is great to use ! [​IMG]
     

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