Dust Bin for Chickens

Hooper / NE / United States - 12/29/15

The 4 ingredients needed are:

  1. Builder’s sand
  2. Wood ash – I get the ash from my wood stove and take out the larger charcoal pieces with a cat litter scooper.
  3.  Soil – If you are purchasing soil, make sure it is fertilizer, chemical and vermiculite free.
  4. Diatomaceous Earth Facts – Make sure it is FOOD-GRADE (not for use in pools). The bag MUST read for livestock feed.

Add equal parts of each ingredient to the mixture.  The hens are using the dust bath if:

  1. You find some of the “bath” contents on the coop floor.
  2. You see them nestled up together in the bath throwing dirt on each other.
  3. They are free ranging and suddenly shake from comb to feet and a cloud of dust emerges around your chickens.

New Chicken Feeder II

Design this new chicken feeder for crumble type feed.  It is adjustable for any sized feed with the two wing nuts.  Can store a bag of feed at a time.


1 – 3/8″ X 1′ x 4′ Plywood
1 – 3/4″ x 6″ x 9 1/4″ pine board
1 – 3/4″ x 4″ x 24″ pine board
1 – 3/4″ x 10″ x 18″ pine board
2 –  2 1/2″ bolts, washers and wing nuts

Purina Chicken Feeder

Made a new leg for my Purina Chicken Feeder.  I used a steel electric post, a vise and some heat.  One of the many things I learned how to do on the farm from Dad and Grandpa.  I miss the farm’s shop with a cutting torch, welder, grinder and big anvil, but I got it done!  Not to bad and it works as good as new.