Kicking the shaving

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by showgirl96, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. showgirl96

    showgirl96 Out Of The Brooder

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    Dose anyone know what they are doing!? Every time I turn around my little chicks are kicking the shavings and pecking the floor. They are in a 35gallon tub with plenty of room to roam. Maybe they like to hear the knocking of the plastic?? I have no clue! I have also seen them manny times rubing their heads in the shavings and shaking their heads. Is this anything to worry about!? My first time with chickens, but my turkeys never did this? Any advice helps:)
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    They are beginning to do what chickens like to do all day. Scratch the soil to look for seeds and bugs.
    They are also probably trying to dust bathe.
     
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    They're scratching. It's what chickens do. If you see them dig their bodies in and fling litter all over themselves, that's a practice dust bath. Once they are able, they'll do the same thing in dirt.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Because they scratch their shavings, you'll have to keep raising the feeders and waterers to keep them clean.
     
  5. showgirl96

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    Thanks guys! I really apreciate it!
    I saw some dried worms and seed stuff at tractor supply, so do you think I should give them some? Will they try to eat the eat the shaving? Will it hurt them?
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    They don't need anything but chick feed. Some introduce other foods as treats. If you do, you should give them chick grit to help them grind up those other foods. And go easy on the treats -- you don't want to throw off the nutritional balance too much.
     
  7. showgirl96

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    Ok thank you! I really appreciate it!
     
  8. grammym

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    Mine are two weeks old and have been kicking the shavings since the were about a couple of days old. it's so interesting that they know to do this all by themselves. i've even seen them doing the dust bath routine in the shavings.
     
  9. showgirl96

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    Yeah I know! They are so funny just to sit and watch them! Haha:)
     

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