Pictured above are Eugenia and Clara in 2012, obsessed with the raindrops falling from the downspout.
Pictured below is Edith, obsessed with the same thing. Since Eugenia and Clara are no longer with us,
I can only assume this is an innate and not a learned behavior among desert-dwelling chickens.
There's a technique to catching a raindrop from the spout.
First, one has to stare at the stream to gauge the proper timing.
Then the head is turned perpendicular in order to snatch a drop out of the air.
Finally, the head is tilted back to swallow, allowing the next chicken in line to take a turn.
Chickens are much smarter than I give them credit for.