Chickens not dust bathing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lake721, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. lake721

    lake721 New Egg

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    We have five 18 weeks old hens (Barred Rock, RIR, Buff Orpington and 2 Americaunas) in a large chicken tractor and I have yet to see them dust bathe. We move the tractor each week to a fresh area and they "free range" in our back yard for several hours every afternoon. I have even resorted to setting up "dust bathing areas" 3 different times in their tractor hoping to encourage the dust bathing. I used a mixture of play sand, ash, DE and dirt and they totally ignore it! Walk through it, peck in it, but no dust bathing. We have a lot of hard red clay and grassy areas but no loose soil or dusty areas. Anyone ever heard of chicken not dust bathing at all? Is that bad?
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    They will dust when they think they need to or just feel like it.

    AL
     

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