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Dust Baths

4 Jul

Llamas love to take dust baths.

Odie and Aurora

It keeps their fiber clean and separated and prevents bugs.

Maybeline just enjoying the sun

I’d guess it also just feels good; although, I’m not going to try it.

Aurora in the “dust” bowl

But what happens when your llama takes a bath in their nice dust bowl after an inch of rain?

She gets mud-caked.

I think she might have felted herself.

Trying to Be Nice

16 Dec

When I put the corn stalk bedding in the birds’ pen, I thought I’d be nice.

My old red hen is really quite old (5 or 7 years), and she spent all last winter huddled in the brooder pen.  That’s where she spent most of November too, so I thought I’d put some bedding in there for her.

old red hen

She didn’t like it.  She went back to roosting on a board, but everyone seems to think it’s the perfect spot to lay their eggs now. Oh well.  At least I know where they are laying them.

The nice weather is also perfect for my old phoenix hen to come out and take a dust bath.  She’s starting to show her age too, but she still goes up in the rafters to roost with her big Nugget.

I am also trying to be nice and give the geese a clean pool of water, but the pool was still frozen to the ground.

Do not think those chickens have to drink from that gross pool.

Nugget and hen

They have clean water inside.  Finally, the ground thawed enough that I could dump the pool.  The geese were happy to get to take a bath.

Although the clean water didn’t stay clean for very long.  And while we’re in the bird pen,

I will share that the peacocks are busy growing their tales out again.  This is the same peacock.  I can’t tell you if it is dad or son.  Maybe when their tales are grown out I’ll be able to tell them apart for one last year.

It amazes me that they can lose their tale and grow completely new ones in time for spring.

Happy Chicks

11 Dec

My young hens are getting big.  I’m really looking forward to getting my first eggs from them.  Granted, it might not be for a while since they’re coming of age at an off time for laying.

I spent some time this weekend making my girls happy.

They love getting new straw in their home.  It gives them so much to scratch in and look for little seeds.

Naughty Rooster Boy is looking good.  I was awfully worried about him this summer when it was so horribly hot and he was not coming out to free range.

Naughty Rooster Boy

My last old hen is still not looking well.  I’m afraid the heat and raccoon attacks and her old age are showing.

When I finished with the straw, they all seemed quite happy.

The peafowl enjoy the new bedding as well.

Of course, they also enjoy their corn.

You might wonder why I would leave this corner of the building empty of straw.  It’s not that I ran out of any silly reason.

You see, there is a dirt floor in this section, and the chickens will take dirt baths until the ground is frozen solid.

Today was warmer, so I imagine it was the first pleasant day for a dust bath in a while.  My how they love a good dirt bath to help keep bugs off.

This has become one of my favorite hens.  She’s more outgoing than the others, and I love her feathers!

Dora has discovered the nest box.  Hopefully, I’ll be finding lots of eggs in them this spring.

Dora

No, this hen didn’t die.  She’s just the only one left taking a bath.

Finally, they are ready to settle in for the night.

Tomorrow, maybe I’ll bring them some lettuce and make them even happier!

Linking to Macro Monday.