Burrowing chickens?

newmamahen

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10 Years
May 22, 2009
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We have been putting our now 8 week old chicks in the coop during the day, and have noticed that our Buff Orpington swishes her body around to create a "dirt hole". What is she doing and why is she doing it? The entire floor of the play yard is dirt.
 
Thanks Pringle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It is called a dust bath. If you wish her to do it in a prepared box use wood ash and sand with some dirt. My chicks are using the broken down pellets that make saw dust they are having a blast.
 
My girls have a favorite spot in my garden that they have taken over. I've given up trying to chase them out. I just fill up the hole with DE and they love it! It also keeps them from making new dust bath holes in my lawn.
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