dust bath 101

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mudhen, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    I brough it a clod of dirt from outdoors for the girls today, and as always, it was a big hit:
    (Clockwise from bottom: Goldie, Millie, Lois, Buffy, Myrtle, Cleo, and Lucy)
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    Then, after much scratching and fluffing, Millie proceeds the lesson on how to dust bathe, and before I know it, Goldie and Cleo are imitating her, sawdust and dirt is flying everywhere!
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    Just had to share. They are just so funny, and it amazes me still how quickly they learn their chicken ways!! [​IMG]
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I love Cleo!! [​IMG]
    It's amazing how they just know, isn't it? My two week old chick was dustbathing in my hair last night! [​IMG]

    Edited for mis-spelling.
     
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  3. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the 2 weeker dust bathing too. Then kids were just laughing at them. But please never in my hair.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I fell asleep on the couch with them roosting on my arm... Next thing I know, a little chicken claw brushes across my forehead and wakes me up!! [​IMG]
     
  5. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to start a new post asking about this same thing. I put a chunk of dirt in with my 6 1/2 week old girl and she got right in and pecked around before deciding it would be best if she rolled in it. I was pretty sure this was the 'dust bathing' I've read about. What I don't understand is that after she bathed, she hunkered down in the dirt and started cooing or making a kinda high pitch purr....? First time I've heard the sound. Any ideas what it means? Is she just enjoying herself?
     
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    CarriBrown! [​IMG] [​IMG] Too funny! What a way to be awakened! [​IMG]

    AccidentalFarm , I guess she was really enjoying it! That's the first I've heard of a purring chicken! [​IMG]
     
  7. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want a purring chicken!:thun

    And I want a Cleo, too! What breed is she? She's just gorgeous!
     
  8. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Can you believe it? She is supposed to be an Ameraucana, and I am really loving the feather coloring! [​IMG]
    She is all attitude and "Me! Me first! Me!" [​IMG]
     
  9. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a couple pics with the phone of my girls 'group bathing!'
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    it was pretty funny!! They follow me around with the rototillier waiting to dig through the fresh dirt. Now they regularly bath in it when they have free run of the property. I even tilled up a little section in their coop but they dont use it. they like the dirt outside better!

    Gertrude, Yellow Butt, and Hammy
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    Rosie, Bok, Ethel, Gertrude, Hammy & Yellow Butt.
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    Bok, Rosie, Ethel & Gertrude
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    My dog is a little confused about what was going on
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    Happy Girls!
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  10. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Those are such fun shots, akyramoto ! [​IMG]
    They really look like they are enjoying themselves, and I love the names Bok and Yellow Butt!! [​IMG]
     

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