Girls wallowing in the dirt??

henmom12

In the Brooder
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Jul 2, 2011
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I'm a new mom so I'm still learning. Thanks ahead for any advice! My girls are 5 mos old, just started laying 2 wks ago and also some have started wallowing in the dry dirt. Is this normal?
 

Sjisty

Scribe of Brahmalot
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May 18, 2009
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Hi Hen Mom -

Welcome to BYC!

The first time I saw mine dust bathing, I thought they were in pain and dying!
 

JodyJo

Songster
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Sep 27, 2010
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LOVE it...I have holes in one area near my barn....its great for them, helps them remove bugs etc, a dust bath!
 

harveyhorses

Songster
10 Years
Jan 16, 2010
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Yep, and they are amazing rototillers, don't stand behind them when they start digging.


I let mine in one of my raised beds before I planted my fall crop, they had a blast and no need for me to turn the soil at all!
Then they have their designated dust bath spot sometimes I have to walk right over them because they are all piled up in one 'waller'. They had a good one yesterday, now it will be a mud bath for a while, rain rain and more rain.
 

christina1982

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 25, 2011
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Completely normal. My hens have scratched out two holes (like dogs) in their pen just for dust bathing! I put some DE in their and ta daaaa.....they dust themselves lol.
 

Hinotori

Silver Feathers
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Apr 27, 2011
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Dust baths are calming chicken spa times. Mine have favorite spots that I have to fill in with dirt or sand every now and then because they get down so deep. Mine also prefer to dust bathe right after eating watermelon.
 

Alethea

Songster
8 Years
May 23, 2011
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It's chicken bliss and helps keep them clean of mites. It's also fascinating to watch.
 

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