May 22nd – Dust bath

More work in the garden today, reclaiming a lot of ground in the chicken run by being brutal with the hedge cutter, chain saw and rotavator.

The chickens were delighted and immediately had a great dust bath.

Dust bathing is also a very important ritual for chickens, serving the purpose of keeping their feathers clean, improving feather water resistance, removing excess oil and keeping them free of mites, lice and other parasites. Basically a dust bath is the chicken equivalent of a shower- they get dirty to get clean, as strange as that may seem.

Published by taumataman

Slightly mad, with a love of nature and photography.

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