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Chicken Dust Bath

Chicken Dust Bath Recipe

Chickens take dust baths to keep parasites at bay. Commercial products may contain chemicals so make your own chicken dust bath mix instead.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Author Debra Maslowski


Simply mix together equal parts of the following ingredients:

  • dry soil (equal parts)
  • diatomaceous earth (equal parts)
  • wood ashes (equal parts)
  • sand (equal parts)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Place the chicken dust bath in the area you want them to dust bathe.


You may want to use a mask if everything is very dry and dusty. The chickens won't have a problem with it, obviously.

Some people don't like to use DE (diatomaceous earth). You can omit it if that is your choice. I use it because it is excellent at keeping certain pests at bay.