Intro: Home Made Hen Dust Bath From Pallets
I've kept a group of hens for a few years now and have found that if I keep my girls happy, they will keep me happy by producing tasty eggs. So as well as keeping them fed and watered they also like the opportunity to take a bath, a dust bath!
This instructable gives you an idea of how to turn unwanted pallets into a happy hen dust bath!
Step 1: Gathering Materials
So for this dust bath you will need 3-4 pallets of the same size. That's basically all you need other than wood screws and hand tools.
Step 2: The Strip Down
So you need to select the best pallet that you have and keep it to one side. This will be used as the main frame for the bath. With the rest of the pallets carefully strip them down so you have the straight boards ready to be used again.
Oh also with the pallet you have saved you need to remove the centre boards and blocks. Leave the outer ones in place.
Step 3: Rearranging
Now you're all set to arrange the boards on the base and sides of the pallet you saved. Just space them and cut them to suit. All pallets are different so yours may be slightly different dimensions to the ones I used. Same principle though.
Step 4: Fill With Dirt!!
Now you have your bath all that's left to do it to fill it with dirt and let the hens at it. Eventually I'll make a tarpaulin cover to keep the dirt dry so that the hens have access to dry dirt all year round.