Amelia, the Whirling Dervish

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 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:

Hope came over to investigate the goings-on. Either she was appalled, or just waiting in line for her own “spa” appointment.


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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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One Response to Amelia, the Whirling Dervish

  1. jess says:

    Ok you soooo need to point the webcam in the direction of the sandbox.

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