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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:46 pm Reply with quote

Birds like their dustbaths and can dig some big holes in the yard. A couple of years ago I was given a large dogloo and decided to try an experiment on the chickens. I made them an enclosed dustbath with a few inches of 50% diatomecious earth and 50% fine clay kitty litter. After eyeing it suspiciously for a week, they took the plunge. The chickens liked their dustbath so well (they had a major party), I rounded up another big dogloo and made one for the peafowl.

After 2 weeks, the peahens were enjoying their big dusty powder-room. The males can't fit their tails in the dogloo, but the girls love it.

The dogloo that looks like a little barn will work best. The birds prefer fragrance-free clay litter. The beauty of it is that the dusting area stays dry during rain and there's no waste. The top prevents the DE from blowing around in heavy winds. And, occasionally, when the hens want to get out of the wind they will park in the dogloo to survey their yard.

Change the litter and DE a couple of times per year. Hope your birds enjoy their powder room as much as mine do.

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