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Does Taking Dust Baths Indicate Age?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LoriE, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. LoriE

    LoriE Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!

    I am unsure of the age of my pullets (farmer only told me 12-16 weeks). One of my pullets, an Araucana, seems larger than the others -- and more mellow. She is the first and only one that is dust bathing. Does the bathing indicate she is older than the others?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    No, I have chicks that are 1-2 weeks old that try to dust bathe in their brooder shavings.
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    dust bathing has nothing to do with age.
     
  4. codybird

    codybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started dust bathing at 2 days old.
     
  5. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put some play sand in my brooders, and the chicks will dust bathe themselves as soon as they find it![​IMG]
     
  6. werecatrising

    werecatrising Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think itty-bitty chickies dust bathing has to be one of the most adorable things ever!
     
  7. codybird

    codybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think itty-bitty chickies dust bathing has to be one of the most adorable things ever!

    Except when you are sure they are convulsing and about to die.
     

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