crazy digging chickens lol

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farmerjon1988, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. farmerjon1988

    farmerjon1988 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi all [​IMG]

    we got 2 gingernut rangers last week, while watching them today I noticed them both digging at the same time, not the normal digging for bugs but full on digging. they each ended up digging themselves a ditch and started rolling round in it and then just lay in it LOL!!!

    any idea what they are doing?

    thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are dustbathing! It's a normal chicken behavior they engage in to keep themselves free of parasites and to clean themselves. It's also TONS of fun to watch because they look so silly doing it!
     
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And, [​IMG] There is so much info on chickens here, and brilliant people who know a lot! Chickens are quite entertaining.
     
  4. tammye

    tammye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they sure do love a dust bath and I love to watch them, you can tell they are enjoying it a lot, so cute
     
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    You should spport this action. It prevents mites, fleas, lice, ticks and other parasites. They'll do this often, in fact mine are doing it right now.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Not so great when it is your flower bed or over at a neighbor.
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011

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