Hole diggers!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by califrame, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. califrame

    califrame Just Hatched

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    So is this behavior symbolic of pending first eggs? I caught these two digging these holes just now.. they looked at me like they just got caught.. they are about 4.5 months old[​IMG]
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're taking dust baths. A good sign of nearing egg laying age is a egg squat, you can look up pictures
     
  3. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls dig holes[​IMG], to find grubs[​IMG], worms[​IMG], and roots[​IMG]. As well as dust bathe. Squatting is an indication of imminent egg laying. My girls squatted on average around 10 days before laying. GC
     
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  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

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    Yep, they're digging themselves a place to take a dust bath.
     
  5. willow5038

    willow5038 Out Of The Brooder

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    Most chickens will dig in the dirt to take dust baths. It's not only a sign of egg laying, but most will do it in order to find somewhere cool to rest. Depending on your climate or temperature of the coop, they might be overheating and trying to escape the heat!
     
  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Dust bath and the first time you see them bathing can be frightening, my 5yr old son came running in the house cryinbg his chicken was having a seizure [​IMG] They're combs & wattles will become very red and they'll squat weeks before they start laying.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  10. Angels Eggs

    Angels Eggs Out Of The Brooder

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    It has been so wet here, my flock waits for me to add bedding inside the coop and do their dust bathing in it. So funny to watch.
     

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