It's been a while since the ladies have made an appearance, and they aren't looking to pretty lately. They are molting like I have never seen before! I don't know if it's a sign of a bad winter coming? Or since they are getting older, maybe molting just hits them harder? I fully intend on researching this more when the garden winds down and I'm getting some couch time again. Are you chickens having a harder molt this year?
True story. One morning last week when I went to open up the coop for the day, I had to do a head count. There were so many feathers on the floor I was sure that a predator had snuck in and bad things had happened. Thankfully not. All were present and accounted for.
Here is how my pride and joy Annie normally looks.
Here is Annie today. Yikes!
This hen is one with more minor molting. The white gal behind her as a near naked rear side!
I wish I had a "before" picture of this lady to share, but she is nearly half her normal size right now.
Remember our new Black Copper Marans? Sadly, we lost Mr. about a month ago.
He got sick and we weren't able to save him.
But, Little Miss is healthy and our old rooster has taken her under his wing.
It's really quite entertaining to watch the dynamics of him and his ladies.
And, the most exciting thing is, she is laying already! Look at that beautiful chocolate colored egg.
I am one proud chicken mama over these eggs!
Do you like colored eggs or do you prefer white?