Three hens digging holes? Whats up with that?

Jasont

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 20, 2010
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Malvern
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?
 

3goodeggs

pays attention sporadically
10 Years
May 22, 2009
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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.
 

Buff Hooligans

Scrambled
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Jun 11, 2007
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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.
 

redhen

Kiss My Grits...
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 19, 2008
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Yup..normal. All my flower beds are destroyed...
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Jasont

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 20, 2010
35
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22
Malvern
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...
 

ellieroo

Songster
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Mar 22, 2008
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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!!
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nanawendy

Songster
10 Years
Dec 28, 2009
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Bellingham Wa
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
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Dh covers up the holes once a week and stomps on the ground... Then the girls get to start it all over again.
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