Dirty Chickens!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Photom, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Photom

    Photom New Egg

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    I came home today to find my 2 Reds laying in the corner of their outside area in dirt huddled close togeather and they seemed to be rolling into the dirt on their sides occasionally and just staying huddled togeather in that spot???
     
  2. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    That's called a dust bath. They LOVE it, they will kick out the dirt and make it really fluffy, roll around in it and then sometimes just sit in there.

    a pretty good thread on it https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=54499

    Dusting. The act of thrashing around in the dirt to clean their feathers and discourage body parasites.
     
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Maybe they've got the Swine flu and they is wallowing.[​IMG]
     

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