Wood shavings everywhere

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

  1. wendypc

    wendypc Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    My baby quails do this. They love to shake in the shavings! [​IMG]
     
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  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are not inherently neat.

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  4. wendypc

    wendypc Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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 True BYC Addict

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    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

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

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