This morning I awoke to one of those peaceful and quiet Saturday mornings. There was a serene calmness about everything outside. The wild birds were quietly bouncing amongst the branches in the trees. Neighbors were still sleeping and not even distant cars could be heard zooming past in the background. The woods surrounding our home are beginning to settle in for the Winter, now the trees are mostly barren of leaves. The sky was a piercing blue and the sun was shining brightly. It was one of those mornings where I find myself stealing a peaceful moment away with just me and the girls. I joined them as they were starting to take their morning dust bath.
I quietly observed the girls and their beauty ritual. I was incredibly happy to find Oyster Cracker finally taking a dust bath after her long and severe molt. She had it the toughest this year. Finally, her pale comb had glimpses of red as I discovered her among our Silkies, Feathers, Dolly and Autumn,enjoying a communal dust bath.
There the four of them were enjoying one another’s company. As three faced one way and Dolly faced the other, dirt was thrown, fluffed and kicked into every feathered nook and cranny all the while eating bits of found goodness from each other’s feathers. Dottie Speckles on the other hand, was content to inquire about my visit and continually interrupt the girls as they were dust bathing. Sometimes, she is such a bully!
Finally, after spending a spell with the girls, I checked for egg. In the nesting box, I found broody Fifi sitting on her invisible eggs. Of course, I would expect no less from my egg detectives. Dottie Speckles and Sunshine followed me inside the coop. There were two eggs that I gladly retrieved, still warm in my hand after being laid.
It was nice to steal this morning away with the girls. Quality alone time is important with any pets you might have. It is during quiet times like this that you notice behaviors, personalities and what goes on in their minds. Suddenly, you realize that you are catching a glimpse into the life of a backyard chicken.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest