Sunday, June 26, 2011

HenSpa - Makings for a Dust Bath!

It's been a couple of weeks now, and the Working Girls have settled into their new Heritage Hen House quite nicely.  The "Welcome" sign is at the door, and they sure love their new "diggs"!  Below are a couple more photos of the new house:

The girls really needed a "HenSpa" - and a dust bath is a necessary thing to provide a good cleaning to get rid of parasites on feathers and skin.  Constructing  a dust bath is easy.  A kiddie pool, an old used tire, or just some boards nailed together to contain THE RECIPE is all that is needed.
And here's THE RECIPE:
One part Sand
One part Dirt
One part sifted Wood Ash
One part DE (diatomaceous earth, available from a nursery or your local feed store)
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix well and fill the wood frame or tire or whatever you have.  Be sure to use sifted sand, soil, and wood ash, as rocks and wood chunks would tear up the hens' feathers!  We want the girls looking nice and refreshed, not torn up and mangled!)
Ta-DAA!  Happy Hens!

the ChickenWrangler


Angela said...

I LOVE it! The new house is just beautiful! Love the Welcome sign too! Did you paint it yourself? The girls look like they are enjoying a day at the spa in their dust baths! That is a neat idea! None of my neighbors have an appropriate dust bath for their chickens.


Kim said...

I love the Welcome sign. You have some lucky girls to have such elegant diggs.

Ruta said...

They sure look like happy hens!

Chatty Crone said...

I love this new hen house and it's new welcome sign!

Hey - not a bath for me, but they look like they are having fun!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What a darling place!
Your spa looks so they get pedis, or is that what the scratchy sand mix does?
You're always up to something.
You're so close, I swear, we should have a meet and greet one of these days.
Hugs to you and your fine feathered gals.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the idea of a hen spa. My ladies are saving up to come visit on a weekend retreat, okay?

Nanniepannie said...

Looks like my kind of spa...sign me up...oh wait is it expensive? said...

Your hens are lucky ladies with their new house! Isn't DE the BEST?! Works great.

Sorry you received the TFB so late; should've gotten there must faster! I'm sure things will be just fine if you don't end up getting it to its next destination by the 6th ~ it'll be ok.

With a smile,
Cindy said...

Monica ~ in case you haven't seen it, wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my TFB post and included a link to your blog:)

With a smile,