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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by heyeddah, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. heyeddah

    heyeddah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sep 15, 2008
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    Why do they dig these two foot holes in the outdoor run?
    Even if I fill them in so that predators can't get under the wire cloth we laid down deep, the chickens keep making these tunnels.
    I am starting to think they are tunneling out of prison?
    Any explanation for this behavior?
     
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Think of it as a community bath. [​IMG] At least with mine, they dig big bowl shaped holes and everyone crawls in and dirt bathes together. [​IMG]
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine do that, after all the trouble we endured to make the run predator-proof. You can reduce it slightly by providing them with a sand box filled with play sand and some food-grade diatomaceous earth. It has the added benefit of dusting them, possibly preventing lice, ticks, mites. I have mine indoors under a platform so that when they get playing in there some of the sand actually goes back in the box!

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    Last edited: Dec 11, 2008

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