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Why Do Chickens Scratch and Peck the Ground?

One of the best things you can do to keep a healthy chicken flock is to observe their behavior. If you’ve ever watched your chickens roam around, you might’ve wondered —why do they scratch and peck the ground?

Chickens seem to be constantly busy. They scratch, peck, eat bugs and vegetation, and have a great time ripping up your garden or pasture!

The video below offers some insight as to why chickens scratch and peck the ground.

If you are interested in learning more about backyard chickens, review the AskIFAS series on backyard flocks: Ask IFAS: Backyard Flocks (