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Dust bathing behavior normal?

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Hi all,

My six girls just love to dust bathe and they often hang in groups and kick up sand on one another. I was enjoying the show today when I noticed one of girls go up to another and start "grooming" her feathers, pulling out bits of sand and down with it. The one being groomed didn't seem to mind, just layed there while the other was pulling up feathers. Have you seen this kind of behavior? I don't think it's a big deal, but would love to hear you weigh in on it. It wasn't excessive, but I don't want to see bald patches. Just wondering...

My adorable flock of six: 2 EE's, 1 Red Star, 1 Welsummer, 1 bantam buff Silkie, 1 Mystery girl, either a cuckoo Marans or an Olive Egger (won't know until she lays -- could be any day now!)
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My adorable flock of six: 2 EE's, 1 Red Star, 1 Welsummer, 1 bantam buff Silkie, 1 Mystery girl, either a cuckoo Marans or an Olive Egger (won't know until she lays -- could be any day now!)
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I see that a lot, mostly hens doing it to roosters, it seems to be like a means of affection expressed by mutual grooming, sometimes a rooster can end up slightly bald.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 3
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How interesting. The one who was being groomed is the head honcho of the flock, so I can see a correlation to the rooster. Thanks for your input. smile.png
My adorable flock of six: 2 EE's, 1 Red Star, 1 Welsummer, 1 bantam buff Silkie, 1 Mystery girl, either a cuckoo Marans or an Olive Egger (won't know until she lays -- could be any day now!)
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My adorable flock of six: 2 EE's, 1 Red Star, 1 Welsummer, 1 bantam buff Silkie, 1 Mystery girl, either a cuckoo Marans or an Olive Egger (won't know until she lays -- could be any day now!)
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