Bird Dirt Bath¿

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mjdtexan, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed that our 18 week old (i think) pullets have started taking dirt baths. Is this an indicator of a problem or is it normal?
     
  2. My chicken is cuter

    My chicken is cuter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens love taking dirt baths!! I think it's the Texas heat. And it's fun because if they get all dirty and I want to hold them but not get dirty I just toss them up and they flap their wings and get all the dirt off. Just like new. It looks funny too.
     
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  3. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is totally normal and one of the BEST parts of "chicken channel TV"! I never get tired of watching them in their "dirt day spa". Even my big. lanky SLW roo will get in there sometimes, but he's usually the lookout.
     
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  4. sticksoup

    sticksoup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little baby pullet started giving herself dirt baths since she was 4 weeks old. She loves it! [​IMG]
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Taking dirt baths is their way of handling mites and lice. Them taking dirt baths does NOT mean that they have mites or lice. Taking dirt baths is something instinctive they do, so don't worry.

    That said, you should occasionally check them for these parasites. Look in the vent area and if you see some little critters rushing to hide from you, they need treatment. They can get the parasites from wild birds.
     
  6. eschwaderer

    eschwaderer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dug a small pit in my run and put sand in it. They love it.
     
  7. chickenlove2009

    chickenlove2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:100% NORMAL! It is to discourage mites and such.
     
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Quote:mine do the same!! [​IMG]
     
  9. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2008
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    Normal. And quite important for them too.
     
  10. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    yup, normal LOL they do it i think to clean off the bugs [​IMG] as weird as that is [​IMG]
     

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