Is there anything more satisfying than
a communal dust bath?
Now that the snow has melted,
my chickens look forward to their daily free ranging.
Once eggs are layed for the day,
the gates to the henhouse yards are opened
and the girls come running out.
Imagine: chicken stampede!
Have you seen the movie "Chicken Run"?
Those animators definitely did their homework.
Those chickens run exactly like real chickens.
Head first...as though they might tumble head over heels....
with such enthusiasm.
We should have that much joy as we
leave our own front doors each day!
After a bit of time foraging for bugs and tasty treats,
the girls settle in to the dirt at the edge of the woods.
The each clear a patch of earth,
scratch an indentation,
and settle themselves in for a good
old fashioned dust bath.
Ah, it's great to be filthy again!!!
Meanwhile, Elvis looks on....
You might notice that Elvis' comb is a bit grey on the edges.
It seems he suffered a bit of frost bite on his comb
I keep a heat lamp lit in each of their henhouses.
But of course the chickens love to be outdoors.
Some chickens are more prone to frostbite than others.
Poor Elvis is one of those.
His comb had turned black on the edges at first.
Now it is grey.
I am hoping that the nasty part will slough off.
And he will once again be my handsome Elvis!!
By the way, according to MyPetChicken.com "