Wood shavings everywhere

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wendypc, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. wendypc

    wendypc Out Of The Brooder

    4
    0
    40
    May 9, 2013
    I have a deep layer of wood shavings in the coop, and right now the chickens have the coop open so they can go in and out to the enclosed run as they please. They have made several dust baths outside, but yesterday they dug a HUGE hole in the wood shavings. A mass of shavings are outside in the run now, and the coop door won't close there's so much debris on it. I assume they were having a dust bath in the coop, since it's been raining a lot recently. But SUCH a mess - more like a dust storm! Anyone else seen this behavior?
     
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    3,671
    260
    281
    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    My baby quails do this. They love to shake in the shavings! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2013
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,170
    105
    194
    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Chickens are not inherently neat.

    Chris
     
  4. wendypc

    wendypc Out Of The Brooder

    4
    0
    40
    May 9, 2013
    But they've been out there since May, and they've just started doing this. The run is covered with the wood shavings - it's like they're just throwing it out the door!
     
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    4,251
    283
    291
    May 18, 2009
    Brooksville
    My guys are doing the same thing this week. I think it has to do with all the rain we've had. I have so many craters in the coop it looks like the moon!
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    26,006
    22,195
    836
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
    can you put a 6" board across the bottom of the door frame to keep the shavings inside?
     
  7. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

    164
    3
    83
    Mar 14, 2013
    Th

    This is what I do to keep the sand inside my coop with great success!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by