Is it normal when they act drunk after dust bathing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hsdiaz, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. hsdiaz

    hsdiaz Out Of The Brooder

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    I just gave my 4-week-old chicks a tray full of dirt to scratch around in and eat worms. Two of them dove right in and took a dust bath. My EE, however, could barely walk afterwards...she'd clean her feathers a bit, fall over, get up, walk a few steps, fall over again, etc. She almost looks drunk. My RIR shook herself out like I've seen other hens do after a dust bath, but the EE didn't shake out. I also noticed that she seems to hold her feathers in, they seem less fluffy and she looks much smaller when she does this. Should I be worried about her?
     
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    This sounds pretty normal, I think they wear themselves out like kids those first few sand box playdates.
     
  3. hsdiaz

    hsdiaz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. Ok, she's acting normal now. I just read another thread about dust bathing....I had no idea it was so "intoxicating" for them! I'm kind of jealous, lol.
     
  4. callsign222

    callsign222 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just pulled the towel out that was covering the pine shavings for the past three days and my chicks just discovered scratching and "dust baths" (read: pine shaving bath substitute). They made an enormous racket for quite a while, dug a long trench along the brooder wall, rolled around, filled it in, rolled around some more, and now they're all passed out harder than I've seen them sleep yet!
     
  5. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    Did you see the posted video about the dust bath on the rug? Too cute!
     

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