Yes folks, I CRACK myself up.
Anyway, Eric got a call the other day from a stranger. The stranger began the conversation with, “I got mites in my house. Do you know how to get rid of them.” Eric politely inquired, “Uhh, what?” The stranger continued, “I thought I would call a chicken farmer to find out what to do about mites. Don’t your chickens get mites. I heard that was a big problem with chickens.” Eric replied, “Not with our chickens it’s not.” The stranger continued, “Don’t you spray your chickens down with something to prevent mites?” Eric said, “Well, our hens are raised on pasture and parasites like mites do not accumulate because we move them around and allow the landscape to come into balance before returning to it with chickens. Also, chickens will take dust baths to prevent these sorts of problems.” To this, the stranger quipped, “So, you want me to get my family to take dust baths?” Eric agreed that this was the best course of action and the conversation ended.
More on dust baths: It’s really interesting to watch. They dig a hole about the size of themselves. They sit down in it and fling dirt all over themselves. Then they flap about in the hole. You can tell they really enjoy it. A dust bath is to a chicken, what a water bath is to us. The fine dirt helps kill lice, mites and anything else that may be close to the skin. It’s kinda like a big exfoliation.