Are my Chicks getting attacked by bugs?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chrisxweaver, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. chrisxweaver

    chrisxweaver Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi a new here and I recently picked up 4 chicks at 2 weeks old and I let them outside to play and walk around and I keep noticing them taking dirt baths like a lot and pecking at there wings and what not. Also there area I am putting them in is kind of dirt/ grass and there are a little bit of bugs like little ants and are these ants attacking them or other bugs?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, chrisxweaver, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! Dust bathing is normal for birds and it sounds like the other behavior is just grooming. I think most of the bugs they encounter are in more danger from the chickens than vice versa. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens, depending on their personal taste, will eat bugs, slugs, bees, ants, etc. They love taking dust baths with help keep mites and lice at bay.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    chickens also tend to eat mice & snakes - I think turnabout is fair play, since the predators steal eggs and eat chicks.
     
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Everything you mentioned there sounds like normal chick behavior of some happy babies! I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     

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