Why do chickens take dust baths?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by astylishgirl, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

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    We just moved our 5 juvi Ameraucanas and 4 juvi Dominiques (which may actually be BRs) out to their new coop. Their big girl coop! Well, the first thing they did was start frantically taking a dust bath... and they haven't quit! They are all covered in dust. They are even rolling in it!

    Why do they do this?
     
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    Too clean themselves and keep parasites down...like chinchillas do
     
  3. cimarron

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    they do it to freak you out and make you think they're dying...then they keep doing it to crack you up!
     
  4. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

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    LOL... that's about right!
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Dust bathing is:

    Social - it's sort of like a chicken wading pool.

    Healing - controls the aforementioned bugs.

    Cooling - A hole in the earth is cooling.

    When they have their favorite dusting spots, toss a little DE and/or wood ashes into the hole.
     
  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

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    Yep...all of the above [​IMG]

    At the moment I've got some 8+ week olds and some 4 week olds with their own style of 'dust bathing'. When I open the outside door each morning, they get on the doorstep - or a few inches past in the gravel - and then sprawl around as if they're dustbathing in the morning sun. I call them "you silly kids" every morning while feeding/watering the others.
     
  7. mamaKate

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    Mine don't do it. They also never scratch or dig ouside. I think I kept them inside too long.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    Mine hate water!
     
  9. countrygirl23

    countrygirl23 In the Brooder

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    if mine could do it 24/7 they would.they are mostly doin it in the summer.
     
  10. LauraM

    LauraM In the Brooder

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    Mine have a preference for potting soil. Today they found some in the yard from a pot that got dumped out last fall and haven't left. They like ashes, too, I just don't have those available in the summer.
     

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