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Sand baths.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sufferingnomad, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. sufferingnomad

    sufferingnomad Just Hatched

    Jul 4, 2016
    I'm making a sand bath for my chickens for them to keep clean. I would like to put diotamatious earth in with it to help with fleas, mites, and lice. Is it ok for the chickens health? Thanks, Lance.
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    DE has become rather controversial In the past couple years. A charcoal pit mixed with sand will do just as well. (DE is really fine and can scar lungs, so you'll need a painters mask if working with it)
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    You could add some wood ashes to the sand to help keep bugs and pests and under control. It's a natural product, won't harm the birds and it works fairly well.
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    Wood ashes work well. Just a side note I have had better luck with 1 part sand and 1 part soil, with straight sand some of the chickens won't use it but add a little soil seems to make everybody happy.

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