1/21/11

Friday Farm Fotos: Sunbathing Chickies


Despite the fact that it was only 40 degrees outside, the clouds opened up long enough for Whitey and Ruthie to get the urge to soak their old bones in the warm sunshine for a few minutes.

(And I mean old bones... by our best calculations they are at least 7 years old, maybe more- which in chickens years is ancient.)



 
This is the poultry equivalent to a weekend in Palm Springs....

12:05 p.m.-






12:11 p.m.-





 12:15 p.m.- Tanned and refreshed, now back to the hunt for bugs.


Happy Friday, everybody!

27 comments:

  1. Paula-What a hoot! Or should I say-a cackle!? Do you have the only chickens in the world that do that???I've never heard of sunbathing chickens!
    You made my day!
    Love, Debra

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  2. That sight would scare me to death. How do you know the difference between sunbathing and passing on to the great coop in the sky. I think I would be out there poking them with a stick to see what was going on. lol! Very funny. Thanks for showing the picture of them getting back up!

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  3. Tee-hee, they are really enjoying that sun aren`t they?!

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  4. Haha, that's TOO FUNNY! I had no idea birds ever lay on their sides ~ or SUN-TANNED!!!!! That's awesome.

    I can't wait for the sun to start feeling warm up here!!

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  5. Just goes to show that everything needs a little spa day now and then.
    This is a hoot or cackle as Debra put it, At first I could not make out what it was.

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  6. Don't scare me like that. I looked at the picture before I started reading. I thought they had died. wow. I too did not know that they would do that. Very funny now that the fright has worn off. Oh by the way, one little baby bird hatched by I don't think it made it. I don't want to disturb them too much. We will see. Have a good day. Lisa

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  7. Glad I read before looking at the pictures! That's a hilarious!

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  8. I panicked when I first saw the pic, I didn't know they layed in the sun, LOL! They've got the right idea for sure OH how I wish we had some sun here in pa:( Seems all we get anymore is more snow! Have a wonderful day Paula!!!

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  9. Thanks for the smiles today Paula. What sweet pics. Have a very nice weekend.

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  10. I also was in a panic when I first saw the pics. I did not know that chickens laid down like that.
    Glad to see they are ok.
    If we had 40s I might be out there with them getting some sun.LOL
    Have a great weekend.

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  11. I'm so glad to see someone else keeps their old farm animals around long after their usefulness is over. I have a Blue Orphington rooster that is old but he still meets me at the gate and wants a treat from my hand,he's just like a dog.
    I also have an old retired milk cow that is nearing 20 years old as a pet !
    Have a blessed weekend.

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  12. What wonderful photos Paula! Chickens are alot smarter than people give them credit for. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I've never seen chickens do that! So funny. They have the life!

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  14. Those pictures crack me up, Paula...I had no idea that chickens did that! They remind me of our dogs whenever they find a sunny spot...lazy as can be! ;)

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  15. Boy, that DOES look Warm and inviting!!!
    Happy Weekend Girl!!
    hughugs

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  16. Oh my Goodness! You just gave me my laugh for the afternoon! I LOVE your chickens!!!!(and you too!) :)

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  17. Those a good pictures. I have a blue bird that sunbathes on our front porch. I didn't know chickens did that! Maybe you could offer some tiny little pillows :O)

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  18. How funny! I remember the first time I saw a bird sunbathing on the ground. I noticed it through the window, and went running out to see if it was injured. It quickly flew away. When seeing it again, it dawned on me what it was doing. ;-Þ

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  19. Oh my word, I thought they were dead!!!! Have NEVER seen a chicken do that before!

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  20. A little sunshine does a world of good :)
    Happy Weekend Paula!!
    Tracey

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  21. LOL that is the cutest thing ever! I have not seen my chickens doing that..they have to run too fast to not get blown away! ;D

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  22. Sooooo funny! I have never seen chickens lay down like that. Thanks for the laugh!
    Enjoy that weekend,
    Debbie

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  23. I sure could use a weekend in Palm Springs or any place actually, other than the current locale -smile-. Forgive me, Paula, that sounds crass; truly, I'm not complaining but Dave and I are SO ready to be home. Counting down the days.
    The photo of the chickens stretched out gave me a smile; I don't think I've ever seen them lay full prone in the sun. Can't blame them, bet those boards were nice and warm so they had two sides toasty.
    Have you thought of little bathing suits? I can just see them now...

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  24. Bless their hearts--my chickens love to sun bathe too but I’ve never seen it quite like this. They are lounging and envisioning the ocean in their minds. Good for them-making the most of a 40 degree sunburst :)

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  25. Oh I love seeing my chickens take full advantage of a good sunny spot, and your pictures are fantastic!

    I know a man who has raised and shown chickens all his life and he had one very pretty , show-winning white leghorn that was 25 years old!I have had a few who got to almost 8 years old and who knows how long they might have lived if the coyotes or raccoons had not eaten them.

    The sun-bathing chickens kind of flatten themselves out like our cats do.

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  26. I've only seen mine spread out like that when they are dust-bathing. I would probably think they were dead if they did that anywhere else! Also, I adore my apron/bonnet! I want to get some photos wearing it as a bonnet!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  27. Oh my goodness, this was so funny! I didn't know chickens laid down like that...I guess I just thought that they always sat up.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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