winter and dust baths

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DrakeJake, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. DrakeJake

    DrakeJake Out Of The Brooder

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    whts best way to make this happen, dustbaths in winter. i figure ill get out the small kiddy wading pool, add sand and dig up dirt from under the snow and maybe bake it if i have too dry it out (sounds crazy but ill try anything once) anyone with an experienced idea?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Just the sand should be fine.
     
  3. DrakeJake

    DrakeJake Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you. i was thinking about grinding up some of the oyster shell and mixing with sand,but if sands good enough that saves me work
     
  4. happyhappy

    happyhappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just use DE (food grade) in the coop with Pine Shavings- one of my BA's can't wait she knows when she sees the bag of shavings. With the deep litter method they get a good dusting usually before the rain starts or when needed! [​IMG]
     
  5. akcharlie1960

    akcharlie1960 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adding pure wood ashes from a fireplace/woodstove works too. Not the fake log ashes or coal or charcoal.
     
  6. Stephan222

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    What's DE?
     
  7. DrakeJake

    DrakeJake Out Of The Brooder

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    keep wanting to ask same question...yah...what is it
     
  8. CarolAnn

    CarolAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to make a shallow box for my girls to dust bathe in during winter and put it out in the run. I'm doing deep litter but it seems to pack pretty solid unless I stir it up with my boot. There's plenty of DE in there though, if they can get it roughed up enough to bathe.
     
  9. OrphanNanny

    OrphanNanny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE is Diatomaceous Earth....I get it at Fleet Farm, pretty cheap and the chickens think it's great for their dust baths [​IMG]
     
  10. DrakeJake

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    oh crap...forgot the abbreviation. i checked into that but its pretty costly here anyway. $90 for a small bag...holy crap. i did get a bag of sand yesterday and found out my birds dont have mites...i thought it was a normal thing and thats why they dustbathed.
     

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