Marmite is moulting

One by one the little girls have been moulting. Now it is Marmite’s turn and she is dropping feathers everywhere and looking rather tatty.

Marmite is looking tatty
Marmite has pins on her head
And missing head feathers

Marmite only laid one egg this month with it’s usual soft shell and I am pleased that she has now stopped laying.

In other news Smoke has just started laying again after her moult. She has laid three eggs in the last four days. Only Flame and Smoke are laying and with three nest boxes available they both want the same one.

Smoke and Flame share a nest box

Oh well, nothing changes!

Marmite the next day

The next day Marmite looks even more tatty. She is the last girl to moult so they should all be looking good again soon.

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8 Responses to Marmite is moulting

  1. Jenny says:

    There’s a ghost chicken in the first photo!

    • Carol says:

      I wondered if anyone would notice that. It was Sugar and Shadow both trying to get on the log at the same time, always together. They did manage to both get on the log but that moment caught them both mid flap.

  2. Sophie says:

    Aw they always look sad when they’re moulting! xx

    • Carol says:

      They do don’t they! They always have a loss of confidence too. Marmite really didn’t want me taking her photo and it wasn’t easy to get these as she kept turning away. xx

  3. marion says:

    Bless her, she will soon be back, all lovely again.

  4. david says:

    She does look a bit bedraggled, but less severely affeccted than some. Great that you have girls through the moult and back into lay. Still only Sprinkles laying here.

    • Carol says:

      Looking back at last year, Smoke was the only one that continued to lay through the winter, right through December. Smoke is the best layer but of course with that comes the serial broodiness through the summer months. Flame is more of a surprise because she stopped laying in September last year. Good for Sprinkles!

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