The whole flock dust bathing together

We have had awful weather lately with lots of rain most days and it’s a while since I have seen more than one girl at a time have a dust bath. It’s Autumn that has been dust bathing the most. She likes the small space between the wooden blocks and the chicken’s patio.

Then one day last week we had a sunny afternoon. All eight girls were dust bathing at the same time and for quite a long time too. I took some photos to do this post but then got busy and didn’t get round to it so I thought I would do it now.

All eight girls dust bathing at the same time

It was difficult to get a good photo of all eight of them together as three of them were on the other side of the wire so this was the best I could do.

Six girls are dust bathing here with Salmon on the other side of the wire
And the other two girls here together as always
Salmon is on the same side of the wire as Mango and Cloud
The girls from the other direction

Dust bathing is often a communal thing but usually one or two girls are wandering around “helping”. They will peck at the dust on the girls and scratch around them. This is often Salmon and Storm and then they will dust bath as the first girls start to leave.

So seeing all eight girls at the same time was heart warming. They must have spent nearly an hour dust bathing and they looked so happy.

Since Autumn had her short break in egg laying she has laid another four eggs. I now think she will continue to lay but perhaps not quite as regular as before. It’s enough to give us one or two breakfasts a week. Any eggs are a welcome bonus!

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6 Responses to The whole flock dust bathing together

  1. marion.pharo says:

    They look so relaxed doing their dust bathing.

  2. DAVID says:

    The weather has been so awful that their normal routines have been disrupted to a large degree – so nice to see them indulging in what they love to do.

  3. Sophie says:

    Hate all the rain – hoping for a nice long dry spell! Two of mine are still laying at the moment – not sure how long they’ll continue.


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