Chickens eating dust bath.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Roy Rooster, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All, [​IMG]

    I have 13 BO hens and 1 Bo Rooster. They are about 6 months old.

    I made a dust bath and put it in the chicken pen for the ladies to dust bathe in.
    Well instead of bathing in it they are eating it. [​IMG]

    I have play sand and DE in the bath, no chemicals or anything.

    Is it okay for them to eat the dust bath?
    Will they figure it out that it is for bathing and not a treat??

    Thanks.
     
  2. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It shouldn't hurt them.
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    So they thought you gave them a treat? Thats funny [​IMG] It wont hurt them. But how cute is that?

    Maybe they feel they need more grit?

    Good Luck [​IMG]
     
  4. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it was funny too. [​IMG] They have plenty of grit in their pen.
    Will they get it and start using it for the purpose for which it was intended? [​IMG]

    Just wondering. Thanks.
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    You know I think they will eventually. [​IMG]
     
  6. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do things like that when they need new grit for their crops. Might want to check their crops tonight.
     
  7. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do I check their crops by feeling them? What am I feeling for?

    They have the developer size girt. Do I need to get a bigger or smaller size?

    Thanks Again.
     

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