dust bathing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by UkuleleLady, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. UkuleleLady

    UkuleleLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it normal for a chicken to dustbath for over a half hour? I have fenced off a small portion of the yard so my new chicken could run around a bit while I clean the cage. She has been dustbathing and preening her feathers and doesn't seem interested in treats. Could this mean parasites of some sort? My other chicken does anything to get treats but I guess this one isn't used to treats and she doesn't seem interested in the layer feed that Precious eats. She's not laying yet, should I be feeding her something different? So much to learn!
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Mine don't dust bathe that long and would interrupt even a fun in the sand bath for treats. You need to examine her and make sure there is not a problem.
     
  3. UkuleleLady

    UkuleleLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I will have to do that. She doesn't like being handled as much as my other chicken does so that's going to be challenging. [​IMG]
     
  4. UkuleleLady

    UkuleleLady Out Of The Brooder

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    I managed to round her up and I managed to examine her pretty well. I didn't see anything but I am new at this so just in case I was missing it I went and dusted her with permethrin garden and poultry dust. I also added some DE to the spot where she likes to dust bathe.
     
  5. bobshere

    bobshere Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't think you have anything to worry about. Mine will go for an hour sometimes.
     
  6. Hilacraft

    Hilacraft Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol, don't worry, mine dust bathe sometimes for an hour or two hours.
     
  7. JensChickies

    JensChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love to dust bathe for at least 40 min. Atleast!
     
  8. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup ... mine too. Girls time at the "spa". They love it and it's not something they rush [​IMG]
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Evidently other chickens do bathe quite long, glad you examined yours and found she needed nutritional boost!
     

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