won't use dust bath

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by janetk, May 29, 2010.

  1. janetk

    janetk In the Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    how can i get my chickens to use the dust bath i've provided them in their coop? i'm dealing with mites so i made them a dust bath with sand, DE and carbaryl. they won't use it. i then added some dirt and still no go. any ideas?
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    You can dust them with sevin dust to get rid of mites, too. I don't think you can "force" them to use a dust bath.
  3. turtlebird

    turtlebird Songster

    Dec 11, 2009
    I am dealing with this very same thing! The ladies are in a tractor/elec. poultry netting that I move around the backyard....there is a lack of bare ground for them to dust in. I put some dirt in a large galv. wash tub, thinking they would LOVE it.....nope [​IMG]
    So, I dumped the dirt/sand on the ground near the base of a tree and they are loving that! [​IMG]
    I guess that means I am going to have strange little piles of sand all over in my back yard! Oh well.
    Good luck.

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