Newb Question: Chicken won't stop wallowing in the mud.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HerAlterEgo, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. HerAlterEgo

    HerAlterEgo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2010
    Marion, TX
    Hi everyone,

    I am a newb to raising a flock. I have 6 chicks that are now 8 weeks old. The white leghorn will not stop wallowing in the mud. It acts like a dog rolling in trash or a cat rolling in catnip. She'll lay on her side and roll the top of her head in the mud and kick her legs through the mud like a cat pawing at a pillow. She is really quite OCD about it. Even if I bring her to a dry area of the yard, she will work her way back over to the air conditioning unit to roll in the run-off. And with the hurricane weather that just drenched south Texas, my whole yard is a mushy. Is this behavior normal? Aside from bathing and drying the chicken, does anyone have recommendations? I can't bare to leave her in the coop while the rest of them are happily pecking around the teeming-with-life wet yard.

  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    It might be the last thing that would feel good to you or me, but in this south Texas heat, I'll bet it feels great to her!! You could bathe and dry her, but I'll bet she just gets dirty again. Unless there's some other issue other than her just looking dirty, I'd let her roll where ever she wants. After all, she's just going to do it when you're not looking anyway....
  3. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    Its perfectly normal [​IMG] its just dust mud lol.
  4. tfromtx

    tfromtx New Egg

    Jul 3, 2010
    When any of my girls do "dirt bathing" I know they're happy!!! It is completely normal... And I think a good sign that all is well in her world.
  5. Gonzo

    Gonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    Awee! I had some white orps that LOVED mud! Afterwards they wern't "white" anymore! I bet that really helps cool them off!
  6. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    southwest Virginia
    Its something about white since everything that i have is white loves mud and is quiet attracted to it I had white silkies and decided to get rid of them because they always stayed brown no matter how many baths they got.
  7. HerAlterEgo

    HerAlterEgo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2010
    Marion, TX
    Thanks for the responses folks. I'm a little more eased. She seems rather happy to roll around for several hours at a time. My concern is just the thick dark Texas clay, it's dried all over around her eyes. I guess I'm just being overprotective because she was all clean while in the house under the light and she is the only one doing it so far.
  8. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    I have chickens that stand in the ac water a lot during the day. I think it's the only place the water stays cool. I could have water in other places and it's just not the same, I guess. [​IMG]

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