Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CowgirlPenny, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2011
    South East TN
    Do chicks enjoy bathing like birds do? I often see mine (older ones, not chicks) come outside in a gentle rain and do a few feather shakes, they seem to enjoy it. In the past we've raised Cockatiels who LOVE baths. Give them a dish of water and they hop in to play. Is this something that interests chickens as well? I've heard dust baths mentioned, but no water.

    Today I had to clean some poopy bottoms off and they all fell asleep in the water within seconds while I held their bottom in, even my meanest production red.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have never seen my girls go into the mud puddles and try to take a bath.

    They LOVE bathing in the dirt, though, and dig out lots of giant holes in the ground that I trip over closing up the coops. [​IMG]

    Chicks DO fall asleep in the water. When I bathe my silkies in warm water they do act like they like it. I just get the feeling they won't do it on their own ever.

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