Just dusting we think?

allquackedup

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10 Years
Aug 9, 2009
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Southern Maryland
We noticed our RIR hens/ rooster today scratching at the ground then rolling around in the loose dirt. Their normal pen has a wire bottom to keep critters out but they were in the daytime pen which has grass and dirt. We were thinking they were just dusting themselves but we wanted to check with our BYC'r friends with more experience. Is this normal behavior or is it a sign of possibley mites or something. How do we tell if they have mites and if they did have mites how do you get rid of them. Thanks for your help!
 

Knight Hawk Ranch

Songster
12 Years
Oct 19, 2007
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18
164
Labelle, Florida
Yes, they are dust 'bathing'. Wait till you see one 'sunning' They look like they are dead until you get up on them.

I had one laying on my back step, all sprawled out, sunning. She gave me the stink eye when I made her move.LOL
 

momma's chickens

Songster
11 Years
Mar 10, 2008
1,201
1
169
Idaho
My chickens were out all day today stirring up dust and then laying in it. I think the sense winter is coming and are doing some personal hygiene maintenance. Yours probably are too.
 

Dixiedoodle

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12 Years
Apr 14, 2007
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I have a RIR hen who 'steals' other girls dust hole...They work hard, make it all 'pretty, fluffy' and then when they get ready to lay down....Ruby runs over and jumps in the hole!! I saw her do it three times today.... I finally went over and made her get out of Eunice's hole...to the other girl's delight!
 

allquackedup

Songster
10 Years
Aug 9, 2009
131
0
109
Southern Maryland
Thanks to you all for the quick responces. Yes, You are right they work hard to fluff it up and don't like sharing their hard work! Glad to hear all is okay. I was fun to watch them having fun! Thanks again for the info!
 

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