Invisible Voices

a voice for the voiceless

perry’s dustbath

Perry is one of the five White Leghorns who arrived last year at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary when they were just a few days old, having been found abandoned in a grocery store parking lot. Yesterday Perry was busy giving himself a dustbath in the bunny barn.

He dug himself a little Perry-sized indentation and got to work.

I’ve seen dustbathing before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chicken practically turn over on his back as he did so! He reminded me, strongly, of my cat, and how she acts sometimes, especially after some catnip.

It is bittersweet to watch him, knowing that such a simple act is denied the millions of chickens trapped in the farmers’ clutches. It is especially sad having heard the stories of newly rescued chickens and turkeys, and that their very first action in their freedom is to take a dustbath. Once they’ve gotten over the shock of being able to do anything at all, of course.

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