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Dust bath at a week old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Craftygirl, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Craftygirl

    Craftygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2013
    I have 4 one week old chicks. All are healthy, eating and drinking. No pasty butt and no odd behavior.

    Yesterday I noticed the yellow one had made a hollow area in the wood bedding and was napping in it. Today I go in there and the black one is well dusted in wood shavings, was completely surrounded in a nice built up hollow area of bedding, soundly sleeping. It was so very cute!

    I went to get my camera and it was enough to wake her and she's up and eating again. LOL

    Do they dust bathe at this early age? I will go to town and get some sand or I can even go out in the back and get some dirt for them?

    I have chick grit in the brooder with them and they have been eating some of that but it's not small enough for any kind of dust type bath.

    What's everyone's thoughts on this?

    Thanks in advance..
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2013
    Yes,they do dust bathe at an early age. I used a guinea pig litter box filled sand,my silkie chicks slept in it and used it for dust bathing.
  3. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    Yes, they will take a dust bath at that early age and it's absolutely adorable to watch!
  4. boyswillbeboys

    boyswillbeboys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2013
    Yup, when I first saw it I thought the poor thing was having a seizure, freaked me out till I realized what she was doing.
  5. jenniemig

    jenniemig Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    [​IMG] Me too!
  6. Craftygirl

    Craftygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2013
    LOL at the seizure! I'll remember that. When I got in there she was already fast asleep.

    And thanks so much for easing my mind. :) good to know I have a couple 'clean' chicks. ha ha

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