The Chicken Bath

Today the weather was sunny and warm, I watched with amusement some of the hens taking a dust bath in the sunshine, the empty veg beds and patch of bare earth near the fence the preferred places. Rolling and raking the soil towards their bodies the hens soon take on a bedraggled appearance, completely unaware of anything going on around them as purring … Continue reading The Chicken Bath

Chicken in a Bucket

garden trug

Ok, it's actually chickens in a garden trug, not a bucket. I just couldn't resist the blog title. The muddy young pullets taking a dust bath are the chicks my broody ex battery hen adopted in June. Oh how they have grown. They are Lohmann Browns, a sex link hybrid commonly found in commercial egg farms (all types of … Continue reading Chicken in a Bucket

Why You Shouldn’t Get Up Close to a Dustbathing Hen

Myrtle my bluebelle hen is feeling and looking much better, she's now living with the old ex battery hens and things are going well. Due to her docile nature, I believe this is for the best. She has taken to dustbathing in the empty veg beds recently and really 'purrs' with delight. I decided to get … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Get Up Close to a Dustbathing Hen