Dust Bath Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jmtcmkb, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    My chicks are just over a week old. I notice one in particular loves to bury herself down in the bedding and act like she's taking a dust bath ( from the videos I have seen). Should I provide some sand for her to do so, or just let her be? The bedding is wood pellets, she digs in the spots that are broken up and pretty much saw dust.
  2. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    It's just normal chicken enjoyment, sit back and watch. They will do it in Sand, wood chips, straw, anything that we use as bedding.
  3. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    ok thank you ! Chicken TV is so much fun [​IMG]
  4. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    It's normal chicken behavior. Mine are also doing it to get rid of any mites they have on their feathers.
  5. tritty74

    tritty74 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 19, 2011
    Perfectly normal. Just enjoy!
  6. mcjessen

    mcjessen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Coeur d Alene ID
    When mine were young they used to dust bath on the carpet in the garage. Now they've taken over the gardens. Glad growing season is over. They are in for a rude awakening next year when everything is fenced off. They'll get a kiddie pool with dirt and sand in it. As far as your kids go now, just let them do their thing in the shavings.
  7. GardenState38

    GardenState38 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    It certainly won't hurt to put a pan of sand in the brooder for her to enjoy. And she WILL enjoy it!
    I gave my chicks a small panful of play sand almost from the start. Almost no joy equals the joy they experience when taking a good dust bath!
    LOL Wood shavings just don't give the same cleansing dust bath that sand does.

    They'll also eat some of the sand and it will provide grit. I've never had any crop problems with my girls at all.
    Some may say it's not a necessity, that they get grit in their crumble/you shouldn't feed them anything but crumble, etc., etc....
    The few bucks it cost me to go to Lowes and pick up a 50 pound sack of sand is well worth the enjoyment it obviously gives the chicks...and me!

    Just make sure to sift it or change it out when it becomes soiled, because they will eventually poop in it, just as they poop everywhere else [​IMG]
  8. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    Quote:I agree...I put a tray of sand in my brooder and the girls went crazy! I think the record was 5 chicks in the tray all "bathing"! What a silly sight!
  9. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    When they get older I noticed three or four will get into one spot and sling dirt on each other. They look like an outboard motor propeller slinging dirt. And they love it.
  10. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Size I have learned makes no differance


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