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Chicken throwing dirt and burying herself

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Weve3Chickens123, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Weve3Chickens123

    Weve3Chickens123 In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2011
    I 've seen my young hens getting dust baths by scratching a hollow area and sitting in it and kinda "scootching" around in it, but today one of them lay out sideways and then almost on her back and kicked dirt up and onto herself like she was trying to bury herself! She rolled her head down into the dirt and I thought she was having a fit. She kept on like this until I went into the run with them then she got up like nothing happened. The others have never done this... is it normal?

  2. zengrrl

    zengrrl Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    Oakland County, MI
    Probably trying to stay cool, I was at a farm yesterday and the chickens were all laying in deep holes with water in the very bottom. Its def been a heat wave.
  3. ErinG

    ErinG Songster

    Sep 6, 2010
    Sounds normal to me [​IMG]
  4. Weve3Chickens123

    Weve3Chickens123 In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2011
    Thanks! I kept telling myself she was "dirt -bathing but it just didn't look right,,she was twisting around so much more than I had ever seen any ofthem do... and she looked a mess when she got up!!

    I appreciate your responses!
  5. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    Yep! Normal! I have a silly girl that does that too! It is funny to watch her try to get down in the dirt as far as she can. lol
  6. Tres Amigas

    Tres Amigas Chirping

    Jan 25, 2011
    EA WA - 2 chicken yrs.
    My girls all get into the same hole and kick the dirt on themselves and each other. They squirm around and contort themselves until it looks like one big feather pile! When they get out and shake it reminds me of Pig Pen in the Peanuts cartoon! Huge dust clouds.
  7. I have one that does her dust bathing just like that, plus she scoops up beaks full of dirt, raises her wings and reaches back as far as her neck will go and dumps the dirt over her back and under her wings. If one of her sisters is in front of her, she dumps beaks full of dirt on her back, too. Silly girls!

  8. Weve3Chickens123

    Weve3Chickens123 In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2011
    Wow,, I guess mine isn't the only "wild and crazy girl", LOL!
    I sure do love chickens.... Loads of entertainment!!
  9. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Quote:Yep, my hens do it all the time. My yard is riddled with "dust holes" where they get in, roll on their backs, their sides, upside down, right side up, like pigs rolling in mud! It's hilarious to watch them do this!

    If it's not normal, then my chickens are as abnormal as yours are! LOL! [​IMG]
  10. lizage

    lizage Songster

    May 13, 2011
    One of my hens (of 14) do this as well. The others will "gingerly" dust bathe, but my one girl goes to town like she's having fits!! It's the best source of entertainment around!! [​IMG]

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