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5 Minute Dust Bath for Chickens
“If you haven’t yet built a dust bath for chickens, now is the time to start. Luckily, it’s an easy project to complete, and it won’t cost you very much.
As you’ve watched your flock toss dust and crumbs of earth on themselves, did you ever wonder “Why do chickens take a dirt bath? Is it even necessary?” Dust bathing is a very natural and necessary part of your chickens lives, and if you don’t provide one, your flock will find a way to create one in the most inconvenient spot you can imagine.
Chickens HAVE to dust bathe – it’s how they keep themselves free of external parasites that can otherwise devastate their feathers and cause all sorts of nasty health problems. Making your own dust bath for chickens also ensures that your hens are bathing with beneficial dirt, rather than dirt caked with manure, dead and decaying matter, etc, that harbor bad bacteria that can harm your birds. You can also include parasite-preventing supplements and herbs to get your flock squeaky clean and ready to preen themselves. So, let’s talk about how to make a dust bath for chickens.”