Dust baths?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by naturemom, May 30, 2007.

  1. naturemom

    naturemom Songster

    May 28, 2007
    northern IL
    My chicks seem to be taking dust baths in the pine shavings, prompting the other ones to peck the shavings out of their feathers. Is that okay or should I give them a dish of DE or something?
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    My chicks (just over 2 weeks old now) have been using their pine shavings for dusting also and I haven't had any problems. I have seen them pick at the shavings on one another but it isn't an aggressive action, so I just let them be.

    If I give them a treat, then I give them a shallow bowl of play sand for grit and they love using that for dust bathing also. Hope this is some help.
    Last edited: May 31, 2007
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Ok, this may be anthropomorphism (did I spell that right??), but I always thought it was sort of sweet, like they were cleaning each other off.

    LOL, yeah, I know.. they aren't monkeys looking for bugs in each other's hair.. but that's just how it struck me.

  4. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Mine are 3 1/2 weeks old and I noticed them dusting in the shavings too. I've read others mix some sand, a little DE and a little shavings and put it in a kiddie pool for them to "dust" in. Well I ordered some DE today, so I was planning to try to find a kiddie pool for $ cheap. I was wandering around in the barn and found one of my sons old plastic sleds. PERFECT and free! also a pool would've taken up alot of room in the coop.

    I just used some sand and shavings, until my DE arrives and they LOVE IT. They started burying themselves and playing. [​IMG]
  5. Nic

    Nic In the Brooder

    May 21, 2007
    My 2wk old today chicks do the same in their wood shavings and then sort of gently peck them out of each others feathers. Very cute [​IMG]
  6. chickedeefarm

    chickedeefarm In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2007
    Gavilan Hills
    my silkies do the same. i keep them in paper towel the 1st 2 weeks and move them to shavings the 2nd week. It is the cutest thing to see when they 1st discover the shavings.
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Quote:That is one of my favorite things!! They get so excited with the shavings! They discover scratching, digging and dust bathing. So cute. [​IMG]

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