Dust bathing behavior normal?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickie Newbie, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Chickie Newbie

    Chickie Newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,
    My six girls just love to dust bathe and they often hang in groups and kick up sand on one another. I was enjoying the show today when I noticed one of girls go up to another and start "grooming" her feathers, pulling out bits of sand and down with it. The one being groomed didn't seem to mind, just layed there while the other was pulling up feathers. Have you seen this kind of behavior? I don't think it's a big deal, but would love to hear you weigh in on it. It wasn't excessive, but I don't want to see bald patches. Just wondering...
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I see that a lot, mostly hens doing it to roosters, it seems to be like a means of affection expressed by mutual grooming, sometimes a rooster can end up slightly bald.
     
  3. Chickie Newbie

    Chickie Newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How interesting. The one who was being groomed is the head honcho of the flock, so I can see a correlation to the rooster. Thanks for your input. :)
     

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