Which sand to use indoor winter dust bath?

My2butterflies

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I’m curious too. I’ve been wanting to make an indoor dust bath station.

@aart I’m very inexperienced, so please forgive me if my thinking is off. Aren’t dust baths supposed to be dusty? I was under the impression that it was the whole point on why they take dust baths. Kinda like chinchillas. Haha.
Or is less dusty sand just required in an indoor setting?
 

aart

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I’m curious too. I’ve been wanting to make an indoor dust bath station.

@aart I’m very inexperienced, so please forgive me if my thinking is off. Aren’t dust baths supposed to be dusty? I was under the impression that it was the whole point on why they take dust baths. Kinda like chinchillas. Haha.
Or is less dusty sand just required in an indoor setting?
To an extent, yes.
Not sure about chinchillas.
The term 'dust bath' is not to be taken too literally.
Mainly they need to get the particles of dirt/sand all down thru their feathers to their skin,
if the particles are too fine and it's not as effective and makes for a breathing hazard.

I had an indoor dust bathing bin the first 2 winters, they never used it.
Luckily the area in the run under the coop stays dry enough not to freeze and they dust bath there all winter. In summer they dust bath all over the run, sometimes the soil is rather damp.
 

My2butterflies

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To an extent, yes.
Not sure about chinchillas.
The term 'dust bath' is not to be taken too literally.
Mainly they need to get the particles of dirt/sand all down thru their feathers to their skin,
if the particles are too fine and it's not as effective and makes for a breathing hazard.

I had an indoor dust bathing bin the first 2 winters, they never used it.
Luckily the area in the run under the coop stays dry enough not to freeze and they dust bath there all winter. In summer they dust bath all over the run, sometimes the soil is rather damp.
Oh ok! That’s makes sense🙂 Thank you for explaining that.

I’ve had chinchillas before and they needed volcanic ash to roll around in. While chickens have feathers and not fur I figured the dusty consistency was still important.
 

jng

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The sand I used is from Bunnings it's bagged and sealed in plastic bags. It's used in kids sand pits.
 

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