What to use for dust baths?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mountainchick5, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. mountainchick5

    mountainchick5 In the Brooder

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    I am going to get playsand for the chickens to have a dust bath. I also heard about using ashes from the fireplace. Can I use ashes from charcoal grill? What else could I use? Can I mix them and make my own ultimate dust bath solution?
     
  2. SPRING CREEK FARM

    SPRING CREEK FARM Songster

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    I have some nice sawdust in a pile near the house and I mix it in with some soil in the runs and the coops and my chickens,pheasants and peacocks all seem to love it![​IMG]
     
  3. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

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    I mixed playsand and DE..

    however, my chickens, for whatever reason prefer to dustbathe in the shavings
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
  4. a2ms4chickens

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    My chickens pen has a sand floor, so they just dig holes to dust bathe in.
    I sometimes put ashes from our wood burning grill, or DE, if I have it, in their holes.
     
  5. Mine in the winter get Ashes from woodstove. My brother in law has outdoor burner and he gives me a 55 gallon drum and I burn so that is what I use in the winter.

    Summer time I mix it up. I use sawdust from the school wood working shop and mine. I sometimes turn up the ground in a certain area of their pen.
     

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