Dust bath Benefits
I am going to be building a dust bath soon for my chickens pinned area but for now I just provide an area and add what will help them in killing off parasites and keeping them away.
You can build a dust bath box for cheap! Just use scrap woods but try and be sure it is at least 6" to 8" deep and big enough to fit your birds. I will be making mine big enough to fit at least two chickens at a time:)
What to fill it with?
- Grab some soil from your garden.
- You can add sand to make it a bit more dusty.
- Wood ash is veryharmful to parasites. Just burn some leaves and let the ash cool before adding it:)
- Food Grade Diatomacious earth (DE) - This is a fossilized diatoms that are microscopically sharp! When they are eaten buy most bugs they will kill them by cutting the guts of not only mites, but lice as well! It does not hurt you or your chickens so don't trip:) A little goes a long way!
The more your girls are confined to a small area, the more likely they are to get mites of lice. Let them out as much as you can and keep things clean and dry. Make sure to add the dust bath and your chickens should be styling!!
Well friends, I hope this helps some of you guys out there. If you need help or want to ask questions go right ahead here or join us on facebook.
God Bless - Matt