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Chickens Lying in Dirt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hydestone, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. hydestone

    hydestone Out Of The Brooder

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    A fwe of my chickens started lying down in the dirt. I don't recall seeing them do that much in the past. What are they doing...ralaxing or getting into the nesting mood?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sounds like they are dustbathing. They pack dirt into their feathers then shake it out. Helps get rid of any bugs that may be on them.

    Imp
     
  3. hydestone

    hydestone Out Of The Brooder

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    Where does chicken lice come from? If there are 6 isolated chickens, where would they pick up lice?
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just because they are dust bathing, does not mean they have lice. It's a behavior they all do whether or not they actually have bugs to deal with. And, they could pick up lice from wild birds.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:They just get it from nature,... the little buggers are everywhere! [​IMG]
     

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