For a first time chicken keeper, it can be frightening watching a chicken taking a dust bath. Chickens need dust baths and are often seen laying in a shallow pile of dirt, frantically kicking and scratching it all over themselves.
Why do chickens roll around in the dirt and cover themselves completely? For proper hygiene of course! Chickens do not use water for bathing, but dirt and dust! Chickens need dust baths for good health. Dust bathing is completely normal and should be encouraged.
Don’t have a dust bath for your chickens? I’ll tell you how you can easily make one if they don’t have one in their coop!