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Insane chickens or just a dust bath?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jecombs, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. jecombs

    jecombs Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chickens. I have 5 BOs that are a little over a month old. Today I found one laying in a little pit it had dug in the coop in the shavings. At first I was really worried and thought she was sick or injured, but then she started kicking all the shavings up through her wings. Then one of the roos laid down and joined her! It was really bizarre looking, but also funny and cute. Since two of the them were going at it, I'm guessing they weren't having seizures of anything... Was this just a dust bath?
     
  2. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep :) and, it just gets better to watch as they get older :)
     
  3. johncv

    johncv Out Of The Brooder

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    dust bath, they love them, and will take one everyday. they do it to get the mites off them.
     
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Just kidding she's fine.

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  5. dodgewoman

    dodgewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My older chicks are just learning how to do this and it's halrious to watch. They will get bedding on the younger ones and then peck it off[​IMG]
     
  6. jecombs

    jecombs Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes theoldchick! That's just what they looked like! It kinda freaked me out because the one hen kept closing her eyes. Glad to know this is normal, albeit funny, chicken behavior.
     
  7. Cheyenne2929

    Cheyenne2929 Out Of The Brooder

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    I assume mine are learning to dustbathe too. The one esp kept laying down on her side and kind of stretching out...while eating even a couple of the times. I did put some dirt in their run. They pecked at it and one laid on it for a few secconds.
     
  8. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chickens do this all the time, but there is still at least once a week that I'll have to check to make sure the chicken isn't dead! [​IMG] It's like they try to twist themselves and crumple up so crazy so I'll look.
     
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    The two aren't exclusive, by the way. Yes, they are insane but yes, they are taking a dust bath. hehe.
     
  10. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it bad that my chickens dont do that?
     

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