Dust Bathing

Tuesday, 7 July 2015  |  Catalina Tate

Surely chickens don’t bathe?

Whilst its true that you’re unlikely to see a chicken splashing about in a puddle, you might be surprised to know that bathing is still a vital part of their behaviour. 

Rather than using water, chickens and other poultry “dust bath” instead. 

Areas under trees, bushes or other shelter are relished for their dry, dusty soil but if these are not available, dry compost or sand can be provided in a shallow container such as a large plant pot or trug.  A mite powder such as Diatom can be added to areas used for dust bathing.

Dust bathing helps poultry to rid themselves of external parasites such as mites and lice.