Wondering About "dusting"...do Chickens Need To Do That? And Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CROWKISS, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. CROWKISS

    CROWKISS New Egg

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    WONDERING WHY CHICKENS NEED TO DUST? AND WHY THEY DO IT?

    I READ SOMEWHERE I SHOULD PROVIDE TALC POWDER? BUT I AM CONCERNED THAT IT WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR THEIR LITTLE LUNGS? SMILE

    THANKS......FOR ANY ANSWERS...IM NEW TO THIS......
     
  2. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens dust bathe for pest control, and because it's fun.
    No to the talcum powder.
     
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  3. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also read that in addition to smothering any pests dust bathing also removes any excess oil from their feathers. They REALLY seem to like doing it.
     
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  4. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shoot, sometimes they make it look so enjoyable i wanna try it myself! lol
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    It's like shampooing your hair~imagine not being able to do that! Wood ashes and sand make for good dusting material.....who in the world told you to use talcum powder?? [​IMG]
     
  6. michelle89

    michelle89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm such a newbie to chicken ownership that when I saw my BR do it I thought she was having a seizure! Now I know that they are dust bathing, they get so into it its comical to watch![​IMG]
     

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