In this horrible wet weather there is a shortage of dry dust bath areas for your hens to perform their ablutions.
Dust baths are important to keep parasites at bay and to clean the feathers and a child’s sand pit with a lid can make the perfect dust bath.
Use a sieved mixture of wood ash, multipurpose compost and Diatomaceous Earth Powder to provide the perfect spa treatment.
If your hens’ dust bath area isn’t already under cover, it’s also worth investing in a dust bath shelter to keep the area nice and dry, even during the rain.
Alternatively, keep their dust bathing material in a deep box with a lid, which you can take on and off depending on the weather forecast (although don’t blame us if the forecast is for sun and it chucks it down!).