Stupid Question ???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Arlo, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Arlo

    Arlo Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed my hens laying in the run and rolling around in the dirt kind of like an elephant dusting is this normal and if so why do they do this.

    Arlo
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Perfectly normal...it's called dust bathing and you are certain to have craters all over your yard.
    They use it to get bugs out of their feathers and because it feels good to them.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2007
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  4. Arlo

    Arlo Out Of The Brooder

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    Yup that is what she was doing.. Funny to watch do you put bedding in your run or is that inside the coop?
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    They were still in the indoor brooder (and only a few weeks old) when I took the videos. They'll be 19 weeks old tomorrow!

    Dawn
     
  6. FrankBlissett

    FrankBlissett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "...Funny to watch..."

    Till they find that nice, soft dirt in your flower beds, that is! [​IMG]

    -Frank
     
  7. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Or all my fresh "Gorilla Hair" boy that was a waste of my time and money!!

    But, hey my girl's had fun. [​IMG]
     
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  8. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    I always make a dust bath for my girls, and I put lice powder in the dirt too.
    Its a nice way for them to clean themselves.
    Theres some threads about people putting ashes from the fireplace in too, they love that as well.
    I love watching the mums having their first bath with the chicks, the chicks get in the way and get thrown out when mum kicks her legs out.
     

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