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

  1. califrame

    califrame In the Brooder

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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. 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 Crowing

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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 Free Ranging Premium Member

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

    willow5038 In 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 Free Ranging

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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.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  10. Angels Eggs

    Angels Eggs In 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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