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When to start offering a dust bath to young pullets

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by daddy_roo, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2011
    SO I have aquired 10 GC pullets that I put in with my 4 youngsters I hatched myself. Out of the 14 there is one cockereal. One of my GC will eat for a while, then start rolling in the feed. Im guessing for the dust. Are they too young to be giving a dust bath or should I put something in there to let them start in with it?
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Nope, you can give them dust at any time. I've seen chicks as young as a few days try to dust bathe. It's a really satisfying thing for them to participate in.
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010

    They instinctively know about dust bathing from around day 1! They'll love you for it. Plenty of us have seen the funny things try to dust bathe in their food at two days old lol.
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Quote:Heehee, they are funny! I had a couple of cochins that would go into dustbathing frenzy every time they got on a towel. I'd get to tickle them under their wings while they did it, which sent them to cloud 9.
  5. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    For the really young ones I like to use a tupperware filled with sand. It helps keep the dust managable while they are still inside, but gives them the same dirt bath thrill. [​IMG]
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I use sand, too. The tiny tots know exactly what to do with it! Peat moss also makes an excellent dirt bath, if you can stand the dust.
  7. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    Dust bath is not really needed for young chicks. My birds go up to 8-10 weeks without a dustbath during winter hatches.
    If you really feel the need to let them dustbath, sand works well and they will bath at almost any age.
  8. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    Whenever they want to, I guess. Just let them go and take one when they want
  9. aharriso

    aharriso Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I have 8 wk old pullets and I have only seen a few of them dust bathe in their run and that was a couple weeks ago. The run just has dry dirt, leaves, and some pine shavings. Should I add sand and if so is there a special kind that they like?
  10. lol. "not needed"

    It is needed anytime they try to take one. Let them do whatever they please and what comes natural. Dont listen to people who say xyz is not needed, listen to the chickens (they know what they want and/or need) God has a way of making all living things that way.

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