Winter Dusting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AEG, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. AEG

    AEG In the Brooder

    Sep 11, 2019
    Northern Alberta, Canada
    Hello. I have a new flock of 5 Sex-Link Brown layers. We live in northern Alberta Canada. We have created a coop with good ventilation and a large outdoor run. Both have wood chip floors. My question is in the winter when snow gets deep and we have prolonged periods of -30C I anticipate my girls will spend more time indoors. Do you typically keep a dust bath inside your coop for them to use in the winter?
  2. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Crowing

    Jun 25, 2019
    SW VA
    My Coop
    If you have room for it inside the coop I'm sure the girls would appreciate it!
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    In my old set up, I kept a very large tote of peat moss, wood ash and some soil in a sheltered area of the run. Obviously, they make a huge mess when dust bathing. Your coop would be a huge mess if they regularly dust bathed in there.

    ETA: I kept the dust bath in the run, not the coop.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2019
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I did, they barely used it...quit putting it in there after a couple years.
    I have a 4x8 sheltered area in the run(under the coop), it stays dry thus unfrozen and they can dust bathe there all year round.

    Is your run covered with a solid roof?
    Pics of your coop and run might garner more suggestions.

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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I have sand in my Run and it's covered in hardware cloth plus a tarp. In winter I wrap my Run in vapour barrier plastic.
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