dust bath

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jake99, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. jake99

    jake99 New Egg

    Feb 17, 2010
    hi.does my chickens taking dust baths mean they have mites etc. or do they just like it.
    while i'am here when it gets cold .new england. could i give them suet cakes store bought once in a while .
    sorry if i should have started new topic thank you
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast

    Chickens take dust baths for fun, and to prevent mites. It doesn't necessarily mean they have a mite problem.

    You did start a new topic, so there's no need to apologize. [​IMG]
  3. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern Delaware
    I love watching the chickens taking their baths. The first time I saw it I thought something was wrong, like they were stuck in the dirt or something.

    And they love sunbaths, too, they lie on their sides, sometimes it scares me cause they look dead!

    Makes me sad to think of all the chickens in tiny cages or in the factory chicken houses that never get to act out this very natural behavior...
  4. BitsyB

    BitsyB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Northern Delaware
    Oops, sorry I didn't answer your suet question- not sure if it's good for chickens or not. A little probably wouldn't hurt, but I always think that if we're eating their eggs (or their flesh) we should feed them the healthiest foods we can reasonably provide for them. In winter to make up for less bugs and grass they can find on their own, I supplement them with some cooked oatmeal w/ yogurt. I grow trays of wheat grass for them and my husband raises worms so I sneak some of them to the girls, too.
    But I suppose a bit of suet would be a welcome treat, and help them keep warm too
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    The dirt bath helps to cool them in the heat but it is also just something they [​IMG]. Mine are out there right now flopping in the sand I just screened...they come and get under my strainer and let the sand flow all over them. Of course, I get a shoe full (and face full) when they start kicking the sand up over them. Baby chicks are a hoot when they take a dust bath in the pine shavings. I gave mine a shoe box with sand in it so they could scratch and learn to take dust bathes.
  6. papeine

    papeine Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2010
    should i provide sand in the winter?
  7. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Your chickens/chicks would love it.
  8. GwenDellAnno

    GwenDellAnno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2009
    Water Valley, AB
    I put one of those kiddie pools (8"deep x 4'diameter) in and put a good layer of dirt in the bottom of it in the middle of the coop. My chickens loved it. They were in it every day through the winter. Once spring came and they were out again, I cleaned it up and dumped it all out. Guess it's time to get it ready again.
  9. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    They do that to prevent mites, and also because they LOVE it. It's also a way to socialize. (I imagine them like people packed in a beach)
    Isabel, enjoying.....
  10. dogdollar

    dogdollar Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Mine all take dust baths together in an unoccupied, sandy soil flower bed. They like to to gossip and do each others toenails....leaving me and Dominick the Rooster to find our own entertainment......guess it's a girl thing.


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