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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stitch81, May 30, 2011.
What is the purpose of dust bathing?
Hello! I am a newbie, but from what I understand its just like when birds bathe in a water puddle. They "clean" themselves in it. I have 7, 8 & 9 week old chicks and have only saw a few dust baths so far. It is really funny to watch tho. The other girlies come over and pick at the dirt and stuff and seem to be helping the dust bather to get clean.
Quote:I think it also helps absorb excess oil in the feathers and deters parasites.
For birds that take dust baths, the activity is important for feather maintenance. The dust soaks up excess moisture and oil and probably helps to remove tiny parasites that live on feathers. Its thought that dust also soothes irritated skin and discourages skin parasites that infest birds. Taking a dust bath may even help birds cool down on hot days.
So where is the best place to put the dust bath? Outside or in the coop? Can you just put a box of sand in their run?