Chick thinks she is a pig?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JennD08, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. JennD08

    JennD08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chick in my flock that is "wallowing" in the pine shavings like a pig would in mud. She is eating, drinking and pooping normal like the other girls. Is there something I am not providing that she feels the need to "wallow" in the shavings?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    She's probably taking a dust bath.
     
  3. JennD08

    JennD08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is that normal at 4-5 weeks and in brooder? And should I add to brooder for her to have something other than pine shavings to roll in?
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens love their dust bathing and it helps keep mites away. If you ever notice wild birds do the same if they can find some loose dirt, etc.
     
  5. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    It's normal.
     
  6. MageofMist

    MageofMist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chicks that started dustbathing at a week old in their brooder XD And they bathe in their food. I do take them outside when it is warm out, and the babies happily dustbathe in the dirt and sometimes even in the grass, as yesterday when I was sunbathing with the chicks out, they were all laying around me dustbathing on the grass. I guess some chicks start dustbathing sooner than others? Once one starts though, the other ones quickly join in on the dustbathing action.
     
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  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Can you get them outside? I give mine one of the big, black, rubber bowls full of soil because the brooder run has a wire floor. They start dustbathing very young (growing feathers is itchy business) and I just keep refilling as the dirt flies everywhere. They love it but it would be quite the mess in a house.
     
  8. JennD08

    JennD08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I can take them outside. What kind of dirt do you use? Only asking because my ground here is all Georgia red clay. Any Georgia people here?
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Any dirt works. We have clay in TN, too. [​IMG]
     
  10. ColoRockies

    ColoRockies Out Of The Brooder

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    You can make a sandbox. Nc was similar when I lived there, but I'd definitely say a sandbox or topsoil from the store
     

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