Dust bath?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bs288, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. bs288

    bs288 Out Of The Brooder

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    one of my chicks kicks the pine shavings out of the way then lays down and kicks her feet and rubs her breast on the floor? Looks almost like she is having convulsions. Is this a dust bath? I hate sounding so dumb but I worry all the time about them?
     
  2. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Yep, that's a dustbath!

    We solved that problem by getting one of those disposable aluminum cake pans and filling it with clean potting soil, put it in the bottom of the brooder, and let them dust bathe in it. My chicks love it! They seem no worse for the wear, and when we don't put in a pan of dirt for them, they do what yours did. They dig and dustbathe in the shavings. Funny how they just instinctually know what to do.
     
  3. bs288

    bs288 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for answering. OMG I don't think I was this crazy when my babies were born. I have enjoyed every moment
     
  4. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your chicks?
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    They're SO adorable when they do that, aren't they???? [​IMG] I have one who'll "dust bathe" when I let them out on the carpet...hehee. Wallers around like a little water bug on it's back.
     
  6. bs288

    bs288 Out Of The Brooder

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    got them Tues. 4 buff orpingtons 2 days. 4 golden buff and 4 darker ones (I have no clue what they are) were (I think they said) 1 week
     
  7. bs288

    bs288 Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't believe how entertaining they are!! We wanted to get chickens for eggs. I never realized the different breeds, egg colors etc about them. I have been reading for months and have learned so much but have so much more to learn. I love this forum
     

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