my 7 day old chick is trying to take a dust bathe?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by maddy14, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. maddy14

    maddy14 Out Of The Brooder

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    like when i put her on the carpet she will crouch down and like kick her legs out and stuff, you know how chickens take dust bathes... anyway. theres no dirt there and i thought she was too young to do this.. i have her at about 90 degrees right now. is she supposed to be doing this? should i give her like dirt or something
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Mine dust bath in the shavings after they are a few days old
     
  3. Peeps38655

    Peeps38655 Out Of The Brooder

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    The first time I saw my week old chick do that I freaked out because I thought she was having a fit or had a broken wing! Live and learn!
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought the little peeps looked all broody when they were doing that, cute as a speckled pup! Guess it's a pretty normal behavior, just something their little chicken brains tell them to do.
     
  5. maddy14

    maddy14 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have hay in her box type thing right now, should i give her like dirt or something
     
  6. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Give her a dish of shavings, sand or dirt. She will LOVE it! Terri O
     
  7. tiny529

    tiny529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] One of mine did that on the carpet the other day too! So funny!
     
  8. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow Out Of The Brooder

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    I put a low sided pan filled with sand in my brooder when they were a few days old. Some like to sleep in the sand and some really get busy taking dust baths. I have 26 chicks. Some like to scratch in it and if they find something they run all around the brooder with it.
     

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