My Umbrella Dusting Station For Chickens + DIY So You Can Make One Too - Pardon My Dust
This is crazy:
Snow-mageddon is on, the Polar Vortex is freezing and your chickens are literally cooped up.
Fun, warm days slinging treats in green grasses with my butt planted in a lawn chair enjoying a micro-brew with the chickens at my feet is merely a memory.
A sweet, sweet memory.
But here's the kicker:
These days it's about survival: snow, frost bite, frozen mud, or sand bagging the coop so it doesn't flood or, or, or, in my case, tarping the roof so the rickety thing (circa 1946) doesn't collapse under the heavy rain fall here in Northern California.
I get a lot of questions about the dusting space for my chickens and the gigantic umbrella.
So, I set aside the time and put together the details so you can make one too.
Here's the thing:
Your backyard chickens need to dust year around.
Like every day.
Even more so in the Winter when the air is crisp, freezing, wet and just damn cold.
You know how your skin gets dry and wind whipped?
They get it too.
Even with all their feathers.
Ahnnnnnd: chickens in Winter are more prone to pests (mites, lice, etc).
Because backyard chickens rely on dusting in dirt (or dirt-like-matter) as their main way for keeping clean (in addition to preening), it's even more crucial to provide an area for them to do so when they can't do it on their own: frozen ground, no access to dirt, snow-on-everything.
Because, you see: backyard chickens also don't like to dust in the mud.
1.) Enough bags of compost/potting soil (NO Vermiculite or Perlite in the mix (example shown below)) to fill your tub, fire ring, bucket or bin half-way.
The opening needs to be 2 inches wide so the handle of the umbrella will slide right in (see photo below).
* Pro Tip: most local (not big-box) hardware stores have a department with a tool that will cut your pole to length so you don't have to buy one that is 6 or 8 feet long.
Once you have all your items:
- Pardon My Dust
- Support pole
Put your container in place.
Repeat Pardon My Dust application at least weekly.
Depending on the size of your container, refill with dry soil when the levels lower.
Lastly: snap a photo and tag me @treats4chickens with #pardonmydust. I'd love to see what you create.