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Dust baths? Teach or no teach?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sorya C, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. Sorya C

    Sorya C Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2016
    My Coop
    Hello, I have 3 baby chicks (1 month and a half) and we want to know if they already know how to dust bathe or is there some way/trick to show them how to do it? (we don't have any rooster or mom). Thank you.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It is instinctive. They have dust bathing encoded in their DNA.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto Dat^^^

    At 6 weeks you should have already seen them dust bathing if you spend much time watching them.
    Hopefully they have someplace with some nice loose dirt that they can dust bathe effectively...
    .....otherwise they will try to dust bath in pine shavings or whatever you're using for bedding.

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