odd chick behavior?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by seminolewind, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I have 10 2+ week old chicks in the bathtub. I had the chick starter in a bowl down at one end. Tonight I moved it to the center of the back wall. This chick (the shyest, most timid one) jumps up on the bowl, and takes a "dust bath" in the feed, falls off, and continues to have a dust bath in the shavings, then gets back up on the feed dish and does this several times.
    I have never seen anything like this, not scratching in the food dish, but actually doing the dust bath thing. Any explanations?
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I have 9 two day olds and I caught 2 chicks doing the same thing. Guess they learn early.
  3. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    It's natural for chicks and chickens to dust bathe. They're very happy in doing it, and they will be disgusted if you interrupt their happy time. They're grooming and cleaning themselves. Yes, they look funny!

    Take a container and put some sand or fine soil in it. This will prevent them from dust bathing in the feed, but it's ok for them to bathe in the shavings.

    Good luck!

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