Why Does It Get So Dusty Around My Chicks?

Have you ever wondered why it gets so dusty around your chicks and their brooder?  Well, there is a dust created by small amounts of protein that comes off the chicks faeces as they dry out. The dust is commonly called ‘Chick Dust’.

Commercially, there are extraction systems that remove most of this dust through the ventilation system and commercial farmers wear masks so they don’t inhale this dust.
If you intend to raise more than half a dozen chicks indoors, chick dust can be a real nuisance so ensure you keep bedding clean and have a plan to move the chicks outdoors once they reach 5-6 weeks of age (note – they will still need some heat at this age).

The best solution is to raise your chicks outside in a garage or outbuilding where the dust won’t be so much of a problem.

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Tim Daniels

Tim is the founder of the poultrykeeper website and lives in Herefordshire, UK. He keeps Cream Legbar chickens, Silver Sebright bantams and hybrid layers for eggs, Abacot Ranger ducks, Brecon Buff geese and some quail.

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