DIY Old Tyre Chicken Dust Bath

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Do your chickens have a dust bath? It is essential that you build a dust bath for your girls so that they can take regular ‘showers’ in there and keep themselves healthy. I have two built from old crates already, but I am going to add a few of these diy old tyre chicken dust baths too.

This is a super cheap project you can pick up old tyres for free, if you do not have any. You may need to purchase one or two of the other materials but they are not expensive at all. Grab wood ash from your wood stove or fire and remove any large charcoal chunks.

DIY Old Tire Chicken Dust Bath

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • old tyres
  • wood ash
  • builder’s sand
  • soil
  • food grade diatomaceous earth
  • shovel
  • paint (optional)

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Find a nice corner either in your coop or in your yard if you have free range chickens.

Step 2

Paint your tyres different colors, if you want to make the dust baths look pretty.
This step is optional.

Step 3

Mix the four materials, in equal paths.

Step 4

Fill the center of each tyre with your ‘dust’ mixture from the previous step.

Step 5

Let your chickens loose, and watch them have some fun as they bathe.

Even if you do not provide dust baths your chickens will still find ways to clean themselves. They may end up doing it in your flower or garden beds. Provide them with some nice dust baths so they can remove any lice and mites trapped in their feathers.
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