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There are obviously different reasons for keeping chickens, ranging from wanting a fresh free-range egg every morning to just enjoying having chickens scratching around your garden, softly clucking when they find an interesting nibble. If they find a nibble this normally results in every other chicken suddenly wanting it and then the game of ‘catch’ is on! One chicken will get the desirable morsel (in reality probably just a leaf or something… and then every other hen will chase it until one of them gets it. The tables are then turned and it is their turn to run with the morsel. They have loads of character and are easily trained. They quickly learn to feed from your hand, allow you to pick them up for a stroke. Watching chickens have a ‘dust bath’ is one of the cutest and funniest things to watch. Especially when they have dug the hole is deeper than they are. It’s a wonderful scene to watch. After they finish, they wander off, stop and have a final flap emitting a huge dust cloud. A dust bath is exactly that, an area of dry earth where the chickens can flick dust onto themselves in order to keep down parasites.
Location Taken: Gore, Southland, New Zealand.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35


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beak, bird, camera, feathers, laying, lumix, nature, new zealand, panasonic, red hen

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioalmost 4 years ago

    NOTHING LIKE FREE-RANGE HOME BRED CHOOKS!!! RECENT RESEARCH HAS PROVEN THAT CHICKENS HAVE THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF CHIMPS!! SMARTER THAN THEY LOOK! ALL BIRDS ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF DINOSAURS!! XO

  • Thank you for the wonderful information, and I agree with you they are pretty smart. I appreciate your comment.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing Capture and Info Andrea! I believe all animals are smarter than we know or wish to see.

  • I believe so too, thanks Rose. Chicken are very clever. I had a sick one and she could not get into the tree, so each night she would come to the door and wait for me to carry her and put her in the tree.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikalmost 4 years ago

    That is so cool! I so love to watch and learn from nature :) You are so kind hearted Andrea!

  • I can not help myself.

    – AndreaEL

  • grannyshot
    grannyshotalmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful closeup; gorgeous!!

  • Thank you so much for your beautiful words, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 4 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful description and lovely pic Andrea! Thumbs-up to chickens!

  • Thank you Maree, and Congrats on your success, I am so happy for you.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago

    Great colours Andrea.

  • My chooks are a joy Roy, thanks for your comment.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Andrea,anna

  • Thanks Ana for all your awesome comments, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely detail.

  • Thank you, they are wonderful to capture.

    – AndreaEL

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