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2 questions about dust baths and labored breathing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smcdermott, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have 2 5 week old RIR chicks. We live in FL so on a day like today when it is warm, I take them out for a "field trip". Hehe one of them keeps scratching the ground then laying down and fluffing her feathers. She ends up with grass and dirt all over her.
    Could she already be trying to dust bathe?

    I put some wood ash in a bin and put it in the field trip pen. But so far, nothing.

    ALSO she keeps just laying down and has heavy breathing. None of the other chicks do that!?????

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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She is dust and or sunbathing - lying there exposing her side to the sun, she heats up and then pants. It's warm enough that even your Golden is lightly panting. If they were mine, I would provide a sunshade for the chicks.
     
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  3. smcdermott

    smcdermott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I kept moving them to where half of the pen was in the shade. My hubby laughed at me. Says I was a mother hen. Hahaha
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You are indeed their surrogate mother.
     

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