The Importance Of Dust Baths For Baby Chicks

Dust baths are a part of every chicken’s day-to-day life as it provides them with a way to keep clean, develop strong feathers, and helps them stay free of mites, lice, and a variety of other parasites. As important as dust baths are for chickens, they are even more important for baby chicks as the first few weeks and months of their development are absolutely crucial for their long-term health. Dust baths are a major part of every chicken’s life and you must introduce your baby chicks to dust baths as soon as possible to help their development.

When it comes to having baby chicks, it is absolutely crucial that you assist them and get them used to have dust baths. On average, it takes around five weeks for baby chicks to get the hand of doing dust baths on their own. This is where you come in, as you can help your baby chicks get started on the process and keep an eye on their growth over the first few weeks of their life. As you can see down below, we have both a walkthrough guide and a step-by-step video showing you how to help your baby chicks have a dust bath.

Walkthrough Guide

Step 1: Pick up the chick and put her legs between your fingers to allow you to hold the baby chick nice and steady.

Step 2: Check the vent and turn the baby chick upside down.

Step 3: Spray a tiny bit of Diatomaceous Earth on the chick’s vent, as well as putting some under both of the wings.

Step 4: Once the chick is dusted, hold her with both hands (snug grip) and massage the dust around the chick’s body to allow the dust to settle.

Step 5: Place the chick back into the coop once dusted.

Step-By-Step Video

For you to get a visual tutorial on how to dust your baby chicks, please watch the video below from our Absorbent Products YouTube Channel. You can use this video as a reference point; especially, if you are dusting your baby chicks for the very first time. As you can see, the baby chick is being dusted with Diatomaceous Earth, as it cleanses the key areas of the chicken. To learn more about Diatomaceous Earth, please click this link and you can read more on the material and what it does for chickens (especially, baby chicks) during their dust baths. From that point forward, you can get your step-by-step guide on cleansing and giving your baby chicks a dust bath.

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For more information or any questions you have when it comes to assisting your baby chicks with dust baths, please get in contact with us as we would be happy to assist you. You can go to our contact page on our website by clicking this link and submitting any questions, inquiries, or suggestions you might have for us. We look forward to hearing from you!