Since the chicks’ brooder is in the room next to my office, I can hear them “talk” to each other as I work on my computer. They have quite a range of vocalizations and each has her own “voice”. This afternoon I heard a new sound, kind of a r-r-r-r-r-r-illl. I went in to investigate and saw Amelia WHIRLING in the sand box. She was rolling around so fast that the pictures all blurred. Here’s the best of the shots:
Apparently, this was her first “dust bath”, which is a favorite chicken activity and is described on www.mypetchicken.com as “a behavior pattern whereby chickens dig themselves a hole in the ground and immerse themselves in the loosened earth, rolling around and trying to get as dirty as possible. Dust bathing is an important defense against mites and lice.” Here is a link to a YouTube video of a Silkie taking a dust bath: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do3KoZHgNuA
Hope came over to investigate the goings-on. Either she was appalled, or just waiting in line for her own “spa” appointment.