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