Chickens love to bathe in dust and dirt. They do not mind wood ashes, either. The theory is that the dust and ash keeps parasites away from the skin. I can understand that ashes might help with parasites, but dirt? The hens go into a zen like state when they are dirt bathing and they are almost oblivious to the rest of the world. The Ameraucanas do not like to mix with the rest of the chickens generally, but in this case, they did not mind. The Bantam Ameraucana/Silkie rooster did not intrude, though roosters do dirt bathe as well, but nothing like the hens. He was mesmerized by the ladies in their sweet bliss. Very cute, don't you agree?
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