6 wk old chicks won't take a bath

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mola_mil, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. mola_mil

    mola_mil Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2011
    I'm a newbie, but have fallen in love w/my Sicilian Buttercup and my Light Brahma. Both are about 6 weeks old and I've been giving them field trips outside this past week as temps have gotten nice. Outside they've not yet tried to roll in dirt or take a bath. They are still living in a brooder box I have and I've put DE in their shavings to help prevent mites, etc. Today I shoveled out a hole in dirt in my yard and mixed in sand and DE and tried to get the chicks to get in and take a bath, but no luck. Do they have to be taught? How often will they do this? When will they start?
  2. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    They will eventually do it on their own, I don't think there is any easy way to teach them. Out of my 4 - 7 week old chicks only my 5 week old cochin takes dust baths, the others aren't interested. Chickens are weird! [​IMG]

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