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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:20 pm

i have 3 chickens, all between 18 and 20 weeks old. i have had them for nearly 3 weeks and they have settled in really well and one is already laying (gorgeous little Ginger). Today they have demolished a pot plant and made it into a dust bath, throwing soil all over my patio and patio doors in the process!!! little devils. What i would like advice on is how to make them a dust bath? what should i use ?
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:21 pm

try posting in the chicken section for more relpys

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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:34 pm

Allyson, I hope you don't mind but I'm going to move this posting into chickens, I think you'll get a better response there :D

That said I use an old washing up bowl, that I filled with dry earth out of last summers spent grow bags, and I've added a generous sprinkling of louse powder as well, not sure if that'll be effective but anything to try and deter the little blood sucking beasties (the lice that is :wink: ). Any container that'll hold a reasonable quantity of dry earth that wouldn't be too easy for over enthusiastic chooks to knock over would do the trick :D :D
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:59 pm

i got a really good under the be storage box for 9.99 from homebase its about 7" tall and about a meter wide, plus it has a lid so you can close it at night so no rain can get in.
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:13 pm

I used the plant pot that they demolished (they obviously liked it :roll: ), topped it up with compost and sand plus red mite powder and diatom and put it by their run. They use it as soon as they are let out. :D
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Post Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:55 am

washing up bowl and cat litter tray. Litter tray is best :D

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Post Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:39 am

I use a cat litter tray and just put dry compost and/or play sand in it with a generous sprinkling of red mite powder.
All three girls squash into it and have a great time flicking sand and dirt all over the place! :lol:

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Post Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:11 pm

Have had mine 2 weeks and they don't seem to be doing the dust bath thing yet - should I be worried? I haven't provided anything purpose built for them, but having said that they have a choice of empty(ish) flower beds and plant pots. Is it because things are rather wet at the moment? Should I make a sand box for them?
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Post Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:24 pm

i've had mine 2 weeks and they show no signs of dust bathing yet either...i've put a plant pot with compost in the run but they thunk it's food! I'm going to get a littler tray and try them with that..
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Post Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:20 am

thanks for all the advice, i will set up a dustbath as advised. It is good to know i can rely on the forum for help.
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Post Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:02 pm

We got our girls a purple trug to match the eglu...they love it! :D

We got the large one and half buried it in the ground in their run, then filled it with dry soil, sand and red mite powder.

It was from's the link! ... uctID=1325
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Post Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:47 pm

Snowy Howells wrote:I used the plant pot that they demolished (they obviously liked it :roll: ), topped it up with compost and sand plus red mite powder and diatom and put it by their run. They use it as soon as they are let out. :D

Snap! But then they just moved onto another one :roll: :lol:
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Post Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:34 pm

My four have the use of my greenhouse - spoilt or what! Cucumbers and peppers for me were a disaster this year so my large greenhouse with its bone dry soil is a chicken dust bath-but what a mess! Still I sprinkled lice powder on the soil and when it rains the girls can be found each in their own dust bowl having great fun! So far they have ignored the flower boarders.
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Post Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:00 am

How big does it have to be?
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Post Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:23 am

Not big, Jen... sonme people have used flower pots & there was a a cute picture on the following link :D ... t=dustbath

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