Chickens have their own language – and so do chicken people! Do you ever wonder what a word in Your Chickens means? Here’s Hattie to the rescue with her own hencyclopaedia!
Do you prefer baths or showers? Chickens don’t much like getting wet, but they do love to have a bath in the dust! This might seem a funny way to get clean, but by shuffling dry earth through their feathers, they can get rid of dirt and insects. First a chicken needs to find a nice patch of dry soil. Then she pecks away at the ground to loosen it up and make a hollow where she can snuggle down. Once in there, she throws the soil all over herself, fluffing up her feathers and making sure it gets right down to the skin. After all that effort, she has a lovely relax in her bath, before shaking out the soil and straightening her feathers, using her beak to put on some preen oil, which is in a gland under her tail. Now she’s all ready to go to the hen party! It’s very important for chickens to be able to have a dust-bath, but if there’s nowhere suitable in their run, you can easily make one with a plastic box and some dry soil or play sand.