Extended dust bath and general blissed-out weirdness

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Curlita, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Curlita

    Curlita Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Last night I noticed the chickens constructing a dust wallow in the back yard. One of the chickens, Daisy, spent a lot of time bathing and then just laid still. I started getting concerned, so I went out to see what she was up to. She was hunkered down in a little depression; every once in a while she would roll halfway over, sort of like cats do when they are blissed out in the sunshine. She sort of looked like she was going to take a little snooze.

    She generally will not submit to being pet, but let me pat her. Finally I picked her up and turned her over to make sure there wasn't some injury I was missing. When I turned her back over again she decided that was enough, and hopped down.

    So I guess she was just acting weird? Does anyone else's chicken get all blissed out by a dust bath? It was cool and getting dark, so she wasn't soaking up any sun rays.

  2. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    oh yeah, they are totally approachable when in the dust bath mode. This is how some of my integrated flock became comfortable with the rooster.

    They just LOVE a dirt bath!
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I don't know for sure, but I think you hit the nail on the head. My chickens love getting a good dust bath, then just kind of hanging out in the little hollow. I don't know if the ground is cooler and the like that, or what.

    I have one hen that doesn't really like being picked up, so I'll try petting her and picking her up the next time she's doing that.
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    My DH thinks our chickens are pigs and keeps making big puddles in the coop for them. When the water goes away, and it dries out just a little they love to dig a hole there and dust bathe. I think because of the moisture, it's really cool. They just love it.

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