what is the deal with all the dust!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rooneytune, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Rooneytune

    Rooneytune Chirping

    Feb 18, 2011
    I am sooo ready for my chicks to.move out of my garage...there seems to be an odd dust over everything in the garage now. What causes this?

  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    Some of the dust comes from the bedding we use but also the chicks themselves create their on. Not one of my favorite things about raising chicks either. You should just see my building! I think I might go into raising dust bunnies, wonder if theres a market for them!LOL
  3. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    Its chicken dander, I wondered the same thing when I got mine and its worse if you use shavings too, I made the mistake of broodign them in the house, took me forever to get all that dust to go away, even though I dusted everyday, I couldn't keep up with it. now my barn has it too because I have an inbarn coop :-( but better in there than here in my house lol.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Feather dander. Plus the minute particles in pine shavings, kicked up into the air by chick movement. Flapping, hopping, scratching in the brooder, etc.

  5. clickncluck

    clickncluck Chirping

    Feb 28, 2011
    Kahaluu on Oahu
    I don't know. I've heard it is the pine shavings. Other people say it is the keratin from their new feathers. But whatever it is, I'm so tired of it (in my spare bedroom) that they are moving to the coop today. I hope they won't be too cold. THey are only 4 1/2 weeks old but I'm in Hawaii and it isn't too cold here anyway. I can't stand the dust, smell and piles of poop!
  6. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Songster

    Feb 17, 2011
    South East TN
    Its birds. Birds in general. Used to own three cockatiels, daily vacuuming and dusting and wiping everything down barely contained it. My chicks aren't any easier!!!!

    Comes with the territory I suppose! lol

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