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dust-bathing

August 1, 2017

Dust-bathing is a basic behavior in chickens.
They dig out bowls in the soil, flap their wings and kick their legs to cover all their feathers with dirt. When they are done, they stand up and shake it all off making a big dust cloud.
This is how they clean themselves. It removes external parasites and the stale oil from their feathers. It’s also a social activity they like doing with friends.

 

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