Digging?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Iblissa, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Iblissa

    Iblissa New Egg

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    Digging may not be the right word, but I am wondering if Chickens dig or something like that.

    I have 3 chicks about 2 weeks old. I looked at their coop yesterday and it looks like they may have attempted to dig out under the coop.

    I am not sure if that is possible, any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. microchick

    microchick Overrun With Chickens

    Not digging out but maybe scratching out a wallow for dirt baths? Or just plain scratching around. My 10 day olds are quite enthusiastic about scratching out holes in their pine shavings to look for a treat that I have scattered under the bedding.

    Birds will also scratch out a hollow to loosen the soil and then take a luxurious dirt bath.
     
  3. Iblissa

    Iblissa New Egg

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    Thank You. That helps a lot. This is my first time with chickens and I want to keep them safe.
     
  4. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens will scratch through any loose material on the ground. Always hoping to expose something edible underneath.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They can 'dig' some pretty impressive holes.
     
  6. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens are serious excavators, they dig holes deep enough that we joke about them being foxholes. Granted, their run is mainly under a stand of Sycamore trees that have been here forever and there is a lot of loose stuff around, but it's impressive. One of our Delawares had a hole deep enough to thwart the rooster. Lol!
     

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