Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Why do chickens take dust baths?....and other mysteries of life.....
I spent a few hours the other day painting one of our run-in barns which happens to be located directly behind the chicken house. I probably could have finished the painting much quicker than I did, but our crazy chickens put on such a show, I just had to sit and watch. "Edna", as we call our black chickens had all of her feathers shaking and dust and dirt were flying in all directions. I started to wonder.....why do chickens take dust baths? Now, I have read that the reason is to keep the mites off of them, but honestly, how would anyone really know. I don't know about you, but I talk to my chickens all the time and none of them have actually had anything intelligible to say in return. So I have concluded that this behavior will remain under the heading of one of life's mysteries. I have also come to the conclusion that it is impossible to be in a bad mood when you watch chickens. They are perhaps one of the most comical animals on the farm. If you ever have a chance to watch them run.....seize the opportunity. I guarantee it will have you in stitches!
Posted by Beverly Frankeny at 9:27 PM