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Rolling in the dirt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by awalters0815, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my first three gals today. After getting acquainted with the hen house, I let them out to graze. After a little while all three started to scratch and dig "nests", eating earthworms all the while. then they would roll in the dirt and sometimes just sit as if the were laying (they are 17 weeks and havn'e started laying yet). Is this normal?
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:It's totally normal (but only if you're a chicken!). They're taking "dustbaths" and it helps them to clean themselves (ironically) and it must feel good, because they seem to revel in it!
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Completely normal. They are just dust bathing. Wait until they combine it with sunbathing and sprawl out on their backs/sides looking like they're dead.
     
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  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! That's dustbathing and chickens and other groundbirds do it. Cute, isn't it?
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    The rolling in the dirt is calling dusting. All birds do it. surprizingly it helps to clean their feathers and more importantly it is there method to combat mites. I have a sandy area in my run that the birds like to dust in. I have built a covered roost over that spot to help keep it dry. I further augment their dusting by adding a little DE in the dusting hole they use.
     
  6. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's their way of cleaning themselves and they also seem to enjoy it. I hate when my feather feeted bantams do it and I really hate it when I just got done powdering them and they go and roll in the dirt.[​IMG]
     
  7. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks so much for the quick info
     
  8. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:what is powdering and how do I do it?
     
  9. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put powder on them. You can get lice powder, but mine are pets and super clean, so I just use people powder on them. It makes them more cuddly and they smell nice. I do it just about everyday since I'm alway hugging and kissing them.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2010
  10. okieglory

    okieglory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, the first time my dad saw out chickens dust bathing on our first chicken they were all in a line and laying down with one leg in the air and we thought they had died. hehe.
     

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