This is Ebony’s first moult with us. She looks very tatty and her face is a mass of pins and carotene. It has changed how her face looks and it’s not a pretty face.
It’s also done the same for her personality. She is behaving like a thug. She chases all the little girls (except Cinnamon who remains above her in status despite being below the little girls) and she is quite brutal with them. If they get in her way she will hang on to their neck feathers while they squeal and sometimes I am able to break it up and sometimes feathers are pulled from them as they escape.
Ebony’s moult has made her an angry thug. When I go in with treats she spends the first few minutes chasing the little girls away and she will rush at me too in impatience. I have gone back to using the leg protector as I think she would peck my legs. She is also very vocal with spells of shouting for no apparent reason.
I will be glad when Ebony is through this.