It's moulting season and it's not pretty. Only a few of my hens are going through it. It's hard on them and requires a lot of their resources to grow the new feathers. While they always love dirt baths, they especially like them when their feathers are falling out. I think this is such a funny photo of Chicken Little last year when she was still raising Clarabelle. She looks like she's dead but she's just luxuriating in her dirt bath. It's something you should be prepared for if you decide to get chickens. They sometimes look like they are dead or their legs are broken or some such serious thing:-)
Seriously, she's fine here. So don't freak out or wonder why I'm posting photos of a dead chicken. Anyway, it's almost Halloween and this is as scary as it gets around here.