Using wood ashes for your chickens saves you money. store them (fireplace ash only, not BBQ coals, etc) and when needed, mix 2 parts ash to 1 part sand for the chickens to do their dust bathing. And guess what? It keeps mites away.
Wondering how to hypnotize a chicken? Learn two easy ways to calm birds: the oscillating finger method or sternum stroke method. I had one chicken that would lay out like this every time I reached to pet her. I called her "My Fainting Chicken.