dust bath?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by New chicken family, May 25, 2007.

  1. New chicken family

    New chicken family Out Of The Brooder

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    May 6, 2007
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    My 3 1/2 week old chick was kind of rolling in the wood chips - but not rolling over. She was fluffing up her feathers and laying on her sides. At first I thought she had some neuro-disorder!!!
    She stopped doing it tho - thank goodness!
    Is this a dust bath?
    Should I give them a basin with sand?
    Solvei
     
  2. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Sounds like she is taking a little bath! Yup, some sand and maybe some dirt would be most appreciated by the little ones.
    When it's really hot and humid the hens will do this, and sometimes they lay on their sides with their wings all stretched out - they look like little dead things! It's scared me on more than one occasion!
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    New chicken family, Oh ya that is what chickens love to do, especially if they are free range when older and have the ability to pick their own spots for dust holes.

    I allow my hens to make their own places and then add sevin to the spots which will control any vermin trying to exist on my hens. Making pest control simple and complete.

    bigzio
     
  4. New chicken family

    New chicken family Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I put a basin of sand in their coop? or do I need to use something else?
    What is sevin?
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2007
  5. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Sand is fine.
    Sevin is a type of insecticide that comes in a powder that can be put directly on chickens. Don't use it on little chicks if they aren't buggy. I don't use anything on chickens of any age unless I see a problem, but that is a matter of personal preference.
    Chicks can start getting itchy simply from their new feathers growing in. It's unusual for chicks the age of yours to actually have bugs or mites unless they are housed in a previously contaminated area.
     

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