Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gamecock, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Gamecock

    Gamecock Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2009
    Columbia Northeast SC
    I am new as a chicken owner, My chicks are 2 month old dominickers, why do they lay on their sides and ruffel and scratch sideways. I thought they may be cold but the temp is normal
  2. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    Could they be having a dust bath? Thats the way mine look when they do. If they are laying in dirt/dust or bedding when they do it chances are they are having a dust bath.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Sounds like a dustbath or sunbathing to me.
  4. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    Mine do this when dirtbathing OR, also, when sunbathing. They lay on their sides in the grass and lift the top wing to let the sun reach their "armpits." They have done this since they were chicks, the first time they went outside.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009

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