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My chickens are digging MASSIVE HOLE!!!!!!????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by love_stuz, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. love_stuz

    love_stuz In the Brooder

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    well my hens are digging massive holes, and they might be atleast 20-30cm deep? it looks like a dog has actually dug them?

    is it normal??
     

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They do dig. They like to take dust baths in them.

    This is completely normal.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    I have a few hens who will keep digging in a hole as long as they find something edible at the bottom. It's not always a matter of dirt bathing, although they can excavate some impressive dirt bathing holes, too.
     
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

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  5. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

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    I keep expecting mine to kick out chop sticks, they are digging so deep down. Certain parts of my backyard now resemble a war zone.
     
  6. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Songster

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    Our girls have actually dug a series of holes around a rotted tree-stump. I had left a short piece of roofing tin leaned against the stump and the girls now have their place to stay cool in the summer,hide when buzzards and hawks fly over and who knows what else! Seems they like "hidey holes" to just lounge in!
     
  7. Nonny

    Nonny Songster

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    I fund a hole in my compost pile so big I thought DP had shoveled out a barrow full to put on the vege garden... turns out it was just teh chooks! [​IMG]
     

  8. Okay Okay I gotta:


    "What do you get when your chickens finish digging all the way to China?"

    (wait for it.... )


























    PeKing Chicken! Ha! (Or should I have written it Peeking Chicken? Hard to tell with puns...)
     
  9. Sonic Pug

    Sonic Pug Songster

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    My girls are digging deeply too in many areas of the coop. They do have their regular dust bathing spots, but it does look like they are escavating for something good like a tasty bug in certain spots.
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You guys are so funny!!!!

    I'm loving the jokes on this thread!
     

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