Using Chinchilla Dust?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DragonEggs, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    *Mods, if this is in the wrong place, feel free to move it and my apologies*

    Has anyone tried using chinchilla dust for their chickens to dust bathe in? My chinchilla just LOVES his dust, he knows immediatly when I put fresh dust in his bath house, sometimes hes crawling in it before I'm even done setting it up. Chinchilla dust comes in a wide variety, some are made of sand, some are made of volcanic ash, some are scented (mine smells like vanilla bean) and some have sparkles! I always wondered if my chickens would like it too, or if it was even safe for them? I assumed since it was made for chinchillas it wouldn't harm the chickens, however chinchilla dust is made specifically for a chinchillas fur, to keep out oils and smooth out the coat, aren't chickens suppose to have some oils in their feathers?

    So, I was wondering if anyone has tried this. I thought about putting some in an old covered cat litter box and putting my silkie roo in it but I don't want to take the chance if it could be potentially dangerous. THANKS!
     
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I did. My chickens loved it. It did not hurt them and it made them all sparkly.
    Caroline
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    If they can handle DE, I see nothing wrong with your dust.
     
  4. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    Thanks so much caroline! I'm excited to try it now!
     

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