Girls wallowing in the dirt??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by henmom12, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. henmom12

    henmom12 Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Absolutely!

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  3. annep

    annep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dust bathing..They love it!
     
  4. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are happiest when the dirt is flying [​IMG]
     
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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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!
     
  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
  7. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, and they are amazing rototillers, don't stand behind them when they start digging.[​IMG]

    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.
     
  8. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  9. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

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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.
     
  10. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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