One of the main reasons the chickens love getting let out in the late afternoon is so they can have a dirt bath. They seem to have favorite parts of the garden to hang out in depending on the level of weeds, recent rain and position of the sun and until now they have bathed in groups of 2 or 3. However, recently they all seem to want to go to the same place at the same time - in front of the Buddhist statue in our garden. My husband prays to this statue every morning and gives it offerings of rice and water in the hope that it will keep us safe in our daily lives. We are heading back to New Zealand in December for a few weeks and we have been discussing saying goodbye to our current chickens before we go and replacing them with younger ones after we get back.... I'm thinking that perhaps the chickens have overheard these conversations and are getting in a bit of early praying!