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Do chicks take dust baths?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by congdon476, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    I don't think I've found this anywhere in my reading yet (and I'm addicted to these boards)... but do I need to provide my chick brooder with a dusting area for baths? I don't know what age the birds will start this behavior.
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Mine try to in the wood chips is way to cute!
     
  3. Chix-in-GA

    Chix-in-GA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My black marans chick loves to try to dust bathe in the wood chips also. Really very funny to watch. She will make a bowl in the chips and everything... [​IMG]
     
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    You bet! When they turned a few weeks old we put a pan (like a pie tin) of fine dirt, sand, and DE in their brooder. TOO CUTE!
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  6. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    No, you don't need to provide an area for them. They will just use the wood chips and "dust bathe". It is so fun to watch. Lots of "free" entertainment when raising chickens! Have fun!
     
  7. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    Thanks guys! And the little videos are a hoot. FREE is always a good thing in entertainment.
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Here's one of the EE boys as a chick bathing under their hangin waterer:

    http://s9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/TnWren/?action=view&current=Captured2004-5-100006.flv

    Once they were outside and older, they'll start sunbathing. First time I saw that I was pretty sure I had several dead chickens on my hands and went into panic mode. I walked into the run and all all jumped up at once. I thought I was gonna have a heart attack and they all just looked at me like, "And what's your problem!!!". [​IMG]


    Dawn
     
  9. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    Florida
    We had little "outings" Sometimes we had short chaperoned field trips outside. Other times we kept them within the sunroom and provided them a big tub with dirt and uprooted grass.
     
  10. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Florida and lots of sand my pens have pine shavings and I sprinkled with DE and they dust themselves..they have this hole dug out under the hanging water too, fun to watch them..between the sand and De and pine shavings they are pretty dry in there pen.
     

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