Chicks dust bathing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EMS2005, May 25, 2016.

  1. EMS2005

    EMS2005 Out Of The Brooder

    29
    0
    29
    Dec 19, 2013
    Georgia
    I'm sure this is a dumb question, but is it ok/normal for 2 week old chicks to dust bathe?? I gave them dirt as grit to go with the little kitchen and yard tid bits I've been giving them. They love the dirt! Both to peck at and to bathe, or nap in. They make a royal mess in short order, which is fine. I guess I'm wondering if they're doing this because they have mites, or just because it's instinct?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    65,312
    13,522
    786
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Just a natural instinct.
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,837
    188
    224
    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Instinct. My earlier batch of 2 this spring were dust bathing the first time they hit the ground!
    The current 2 haven't figure it out yet.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by