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Hi, what can you put in a tub trug to make a dust bath for my chickens. 

I've been trying to find something on here but failed I'm afraid. 

Many thanks Claire

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2 hours ago, phenna_family said:

Hi, what can you put in a tub trug to make a dust bath for my chickens. 

I've been trying to find something on here but failed I'm afraid. 

Many thanks Claire

Mine have both play sand and plain but very fine dirt. Both should be kept as dry as possible though to be used as dust bath

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Dry potting compost or wood ash - the latter is very popular with my flock. I would use something heavier than the tub trug as it will just topple over when they perch on the edge.

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When you're putting stuff in, think of the purpose - apart from the social aspect, they need a dry powdery substance which will remove the stale preen oil from their feathers.

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2 hours ago, The Dogmother said:

Dry potting compost or wood ash - the latter is very popular with my flock. I would use something heavier than the tub trug as it will just topple over when they perch on the edge.

Dry potting compost is a good one too. You could partially dig in the tub trug, to prevent toppling.

1 hour ago, grey_lady said:

Small bark chips that break down quickly on top of soil for mine

I wouldn’t add any bark chips, as like DM says, they need a dusty consistency to get the stuff between all feathers. If chickens have nothing else, they will make do, but probably not ideal.

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Mine have a variable (depending on what’s around when it needs topping up) mix of dry soil, old compost, sand and wood ash.

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I have some old, heavy, enamelled baths/basins in the runs for dustbaths, but they still use the Belfast sink planters in the garden!

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Thank you for all your help, I have put some dry soil in and mixed it with some old compost - they are loving it, my specklady Giselle was first in there as always.

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