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Why are Chickens Dusty?

Original_Caughey-MelissaCaughey-chickens in nesting box chickens dusty
Of course, when I’m ready to clean the coop, half the flock has decided to lay their eggs. You can see the dust on the top of the nesting boxes and the dirty roost leading to them.

When the baby chicks were little, I could not believe the amount of dust that they generated. I had no idea why and initially chalked it up to the brooder’s bedding.  However, I noticed that as they grew in size so did the dust. I was still using the same amount of pine shavings in the brooder for bedding, so why more dust? It surely could not be solely from the pine shavings and I was right. It was from the chickens themselves. The majority of the dust was coming from them.