Digging a hole

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MandiRock, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. MandiRock

    MandiRock Out Of The Brooder

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    So my girls have dug a hole underneath their feeder. Its maybe an inch or so deep, and its a perfect circle shape. I thought they were just digging up food they dropped. But I've noticed one of my girls laying in it. In fact, she seem quite perturbed at me when I disturbed her lol. Is it normal for her to just be laying in the dirt? They are 19 weeks and I think they are getting ready to lay.

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  2. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! My guess is they're taking dirt baths, which is completely normal chicken behavior. It reduces mites and other bugs on their bodies.
     
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  3. MandiRock

    MandiRock Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha... all that space, and they wanna do it under the food. Sweet :)
     
  4. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, it's a chicken law that the dirt spa has to be anywhere but where humans want them to do it. [​IMG]
     
  5. Fly Be Free

    Fly Be Free Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just be glad they aren't doing it along the fence boarder.[​IMG] Ask me how I know. LOL I'd just move the feed. You could fill that hole a thousand times and it equates to filling the pool for the kiddies.
     
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I get a kick when Stan the Man trips into one of the bath holes the girls made.


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  7. MandiRock

    MandiRock Out Of The Brooder

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    They have dug a bit around the post closest to the feeder. [​IMG]
     
  8. Fly Be Free

    Fly Be Free Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ruh Roh!
     
  9. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my girls dig a hole in their yard, along the fence, I place a big rock over the hole. Or you could use a log, piece of board, large gravel, whatever. They will find someplace else to dig. Eventually, it will be somewhere appropriate.
     

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