Winter Dust Bath

It’s been so snowy, cold and dark in the evenings when we get home that the hens haven’t gotten much free ranging. We’ve cleared a section in their run and threw straw down to keep their little toes off the cold frozen ground. We finally got a warm day to let them free range on the weekend. The snow melted leaving some dry spots under the bushes. It didn’t take long for the girls to tear up the ground and start using it as a dust bath. Though they have a spot in their run, It’s been awhile since they bathed and it didn’t matter that they had a share a small space. They were in heaven!!

If you didn’t know, taking a bath in the dirt and tossing it all over their bodies helps to get rid of parasites or mites that may try to attach themselves to the girls. We’ll they’re having none of that today!!