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Three hens digging holes? Whats up with that?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jasont, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Jasont

    Jasont Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three of my hens digging holes and sitting in them. They are not laying eggs in the holes, they just sit in them. When i bend down to pick them up they do not move. They let me pick them up but seem fine when i put them back down. they start scratching around the yard and eating. other than sitting in holes they dig, they seem very normal. anybody ever heard of this?
     
  2. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    My run looks like a lunar scape.
    They dig and dust bathe in them.
    Or, it's like in 'Chicken Run' the movie, and they all have spoons and are breaking out.
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:Yup, they just like scratching and digging. A chicken hobby if you will....
    Sometimes I think mine are heading for China, the holes are so deep.
     
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  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    They are dust bathing. Perfectly normal. It's a natural way for them to clean themselves.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Yup..normal. All my flower beds are destroyed... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. mkwags

    mkwags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do it too. I hear it's dust bathing. I think it's funny, but they enjoy it!
     
  7. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had a flower bed in ten years![​IMG]
     
  8. Jasont

    Jasont Out Of The Brooder

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    weel, i guess the verdict is in... i have seen them dust bathe before but never with all the holes... yeah it looks like a lunar landscape...
     
  9. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a small hill facing south and yup it looks like a lunar landscape but is even funnier when all 12 bantys are in their holes!! Trying to see who has the deepest best bunker!![​IMG]
     
  10. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep let the bathing begin... I say that because we have been so wet up here that the girls were dusting in the coop. Now that it's dryed out a bit they are back in business [​IMG] Dh covers up the holes once a week and stomps on the ground... Then the girls get to start it all over again. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2010

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