Chickens Lying in Dirt

hydestone

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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?
 

Imp

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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.

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hydestone

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Where does chicken lice come from? If there are 6 isolated chickens, where would they pick up lice?
 

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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.
 

redhen

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They just get it from nature,... the little buggers are everywhere!
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