Creating Dust Baths for Chickens

Chickens naturally want to bathe in the dirt. So why not make it the best, healthiest option for them. If your chickens are free range this might be a little harder to get them to bathe in one specific area. I have placed tires filled with this mixture all over the yard. Although they still like to dig in my gardens!

I like to use a mixture of soil, diatomaceous earth, wood ashes, and sand. The diatomaceous earth kill mites, lice, fleas, ticks, and other parasites. (Feel free to do some research on DE, some people don’t like to use it)

While the chickens are bathing they naturally peck around, they will end up eating some of the charcoal from the wood ashes and this is good for them as it absorbs toxins and works as a laxative, cleaning them out.

Sand helps loosen up the soil so the chickens can ruffle it through their feathers easier.

I placed it all in a wheelbarrow and mixed it together. I had a couple of old tires that I painted and put in a desired spot, filled them with the mixture and hoped the chickens would find them!

The only thing I had to purchase was the diatomaceous earth, make sure you purchase the food grade DE. We had the soil in one part of our yard and the sand in another part. We burn wood for heat so we have lots of wood ashes. Don’t use wood ashes if you had to use lighter fluid or any other flammable liquids. That would not be healthy for the chickens.

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15 thoughts on “Creating Dust Baths for Chickens

    1. Hi Suzanne! Thanks for visiting The Crafty Farmer. No, the products are not equal parts. I would say the ash, and the sand are 1/3 what I used for soil. And I added approximately 4 cups of DE to my wheel barrel.

    1. I went out into the pasture and dug up some soil, and then found the sand in the front of our house. If you can’t find one or the other your local hardware store should have what you’re looking for.

  1. I have made this for my chickens and all they do is peck in it. I put it in an old sand box with a lid so when it rains I can close it up. they will make a hole right outside the box to do their bath thing. any suggestions?

    1. Sounds like my chickens. lol. I’m not sure if your chickens roam free or you have an enclosed area for them. I would use some larger rocks, something that will look nice around the sandbox but will hold up to the chickens. You can also use up a bag of small rocks from your local hardware store. Something that will prevent them from using areas you don’t want them digging up.

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