This is my chickens favorite dusting spot. I work by the porch so I can keep an eye on them watch them and if I leave their sight, they run up to the porch looking for me.An hour ago They squawked louder then ever before and I saw an explosion of chickens.. as the dust cleared one chicken flew higher then the others. And I realized-that's not a chicken!!I think it was a little gray hawk! It's the first time I saw such a small hawk and one that seemed like it was inches from the ground, if it didn't hit the ground. I usually see large ones soaring in the skies. Needles to say, I ended up crawling on hand and knees into the privacy hedge to dig out some growling chickens one by one.
My house isn't in the picture-I'm up the hill from their dusting spot. They never go down to the road-they stay along the tree line, I think because of the Hawks
See there is a massive apple tree at least as old as me. Also there hazelnut bushes up there they can hide and Red our main rooster he will call them to the applor or hazenut patch if birds fly over .. but the coop is big enough the dirt bathes are inside