Chickens love to find a dry dusty area to roll around in. This is healthy for them. Birds are prone to parasites like lice and mites. Providing a nice place for them to dust bathe gives them a natural way to control the parasites.
Worms and parasites are the number one issue on any homestead, that keeps goats and sheep. Parasites harm the animals, reduce weight gain, and hinder health. Parasites can even kill your animal.
We have a coop full of broody hens and the discovery of feather mites.
Learn which wild foods are most likely to have parasites and how to avoid them while you’re foraging.