Why Do Chickens Dig in the Dirt?

chickens dig in dirt

They might be chickens just doing their chicken things, but I find it relaxing to watch chickens pecking away at earth. Their pecking can be rhythmic and kind of fascinating. They certainly seem to find it fascinating most of the time.

What about digging though? Why do they actually dig in the ground?

Two primary reasons folks: they have found a snack OR they need a little dust bath!

Your chicken will peck away looking for snacks. If they happen to find an active snack, they will dig with their claws to get to the little bugger. Quite efficient don’t you think?

The other main reason your chicks are digging is because they need a dust bath. Digging up some dirt and maybe even rolling around some, helps clean them up from anything that might be stuck in feathers. Dust baths are also great for getting rid of parasites, lice, and mites. If you see dust flying around, there’s a good chance your girls are just enjoying a bath.

It might sound odd that your bird rolls in the dirt to bathe, but it’s as necessary for them to dust bathe as it is for us humans to water off.

So, don’t worry about the digging too much. They are just chickens doing chicken things, enjoying their best life!

Rachel Hutchins
Rachel Hutchins
The Chicken Bawks Copyeditor. Believer. Seeker. Mom. Wife. New Grandma! Crazy Kansas City Chiefs Fan. And of course, Chicken Tender.

April 19, 2023

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