Will they dig to china?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gale65, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Someone is digging and it's one or more of our chickens. I guess it's normal but it seems like it's getting kinda deep. I don't believe it's anything but a chicken because there's no digging on the outside of the run at all. Only inside but next to the fence. They can't dig down very deep can they? We had this with our rabbits and they almost dug clear out of their pen so we put wire on the floor of it but I'm not going to do that in the chicken run. We do have our fencing buried so unless they go down a lot (maybe 12") they can't go sideways.
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    The most they'll do, at least mine, is a little less than or right at a foot deep, and turn it into a nice dust-bathing bowl, then leave it and dig another hole elsewhere.
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I've never heard of a chicken tunneling out...yet [​IMG] Seriously, though, mine do the same thing. They sometimes dig their dust pits really deep, but often they dig deep along side the edge of the run. I think they are looking for bugs etc. They usually end up covering up one hole while digging another. Not to worry.
  4. kevlar

    kevlar In the Brooder

    Aug 17, 2011
    [​IMG] lol funny post my chickens have also dug a hole about 6-8" deep in their coop. At first I thought maybe they were going to dig up an old body that was buried under my coop (the coop had not been used in 40 yrs or so) but no body yet so I guess it's normal.
  5. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    Thanks all-that's a relief. Up until now they've dug but only shallow little wells. This hole is more narrow so I guess they're just scratching it out for now.

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