This morning Dolly spent a really long time taking a dust bath! She could not seem to get the hole deep enough and could not seem to scratch enough dirt up into the air. Finally, she was exhausted and just lay there, contourted into the strangest of positions; panting. For a moment, I thought that she was dead. I tried calling her to return to the chicks. She wanted no part of it. This was her moment. I was enjoying watching her. I sat near her for about 15 minutes. Then I thought that I should get my camera. This was a moment that I wanted to capture. However, when I returned she was in the coop eating. Luckily, though, the moment was not lost.
Instead we were also able to get two nice pictures of Autumn and Meesha. Since those two girls are still broody, I was easily able to grab them out of their respective nesting boxes. With some initial resistance and pecking, they calmed right down in my arms. These will finally complete our family portraits! I have been waiting months for these two shy gals to pose for the camera. I think they turned out great! Our wall of fame is complete. Here they are. Don’t they look like tough gals?