One of the most entertaining aspects of having chickens is watching their quirky antics, like the compulsive scratching and pecking they do... constantly. If they aren't scratching, they're probably sleeping. To be awake is to scratch.
And this is what they do when they bathe. They scratch and peck at a bare patch of ground, and then they roll in it, kicking the dust up and over themselves, showering dirt down into their feathers.
|You really need to click on this pic to appreciate the full impact!|
It's an instinctive behavior, though if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be enjoying themselves.
|Isis, our Australorp, poses for the camera.|
Brie and I spend sunny afternoons watching "chick television," and giggle at the show that our girls put on for us... at least we like to think they're doing this for our benefit.