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!