Wood ashes in the run, but with no dust bathing area

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a 5 gallon bucket of ashes and at the moment, no plans to make a dedicated dust bathing area. Can I just sprinkle the ashes on the areas where they dust bathe already? Or sprinkle it over the whole run? Should I sprinkle some in the coop too?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I personally wouldn't want it in the coop. I put ashes out in the run (well cooled) and they eat the charcoal. They bathe in the ashes too.

    You can also take a concrete mixing tub or the like and mix some sand, ashes, dirt, and DE together. Then put that inside the coop as you don't want it rained on.

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