nothing is more entertaining than watching my hens take a bath. a dust bath that is, the ultimate spa treatment for a chicken
they dig a shallow hole, loosen up the dirt and toss it up letting it fall in between their feathers and skin.
this little ritual helps keep them clean of lice and parasites.
it also seems to be a social and relaxing event.
once one starts a bath the others soon follow till they are all dirty and happy.
when they are finished they all hop up shake off the dirt and begin preening and cleaning their feathers.
i read that fireplace ash makes for good bath dust. now i can save my winter ashes for my roses AND my hens.
call me weird but i just love to sit and watch their quirky little ways.
it’s better than tv!