Dust bathing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mudsow, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Mudsow

    Mudsow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2009
    Do both roosters and hens dustbathe? Does one moreso than the other?
    Of my 2 chicks, one LOVES to dustbathe, while the other just prefers to stand over her and pick the sand off her back.
    Just curious.[​IMG]
  2. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    Vista San Diego County
    Just my observation but I have six roosters each in a seperate pen with from three to seven hens. The ladies bath while the roo watches.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Roosters dustbathe too.
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    My hens IMMERSE themselves!! They are SO FUNNY to watch! And they get into the wierdest positions. You'll think they're half-dead or something and run over only to find they're "resting". Love my girls!
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I love ro see my dominant rooster dust bathe. He usually guards over the gals whilst they're dust-bathing, but every now and then he will relax and have a dust-bathing session with one or two of his favorite hens. When he finishes with the flailing part, they groom his cheek feathers for him. He looks so contented!

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