Chickens love to give themselves dust baths.
They’ll flop onto their sides, close their eyes and just roll around, flinging dirt everywhere. They get the dirt way down into their feathers until it reaches their skin.
When they are done, they’ll shake it all off and feel fresh and clean.
In addition to cleaning the chickens, dirt naturally clogs the respiratory pores of parasites, like lice and mites. When the respiratory pores of these parasites are clogged, they can no longer breathe and they die.
My guys love to use the raised beds in my vegetable garden. I shoo them out of the ones I have planted in and let them go to town in the ones that are waiting for plants.
If you don’t have a place for your chickens to scratch and roll, you can easily build them their own “sand box”. A 5″-6″ deep rubbermaid box filled with a mixture of ½ sand and ½ fine dirt.
Place the box someplace where it won’t get rained upon.
Your chickens will love it!