Moulting continues

On the last three mornings I have found a heap of feathers under Flame’s roost spot. Flame doesn’t look too bad considering how many feathers she is dropping. I think her new feathers have been quietly coming in underneath.

Feathers under Flame’s roost spot

Flame has dropped her tail feathers but instead of the, tail less, look that she has sported in the past she has a short tail where the new feathers are already in place.

Flame with her new tail feathers growing in

All the little girls are looking a bit tattered. Salmon, Spangle and Shadow have pins on their head and Salmon and Shadow have pins on their neck too. At the moment Shadow is looking the most tatty.

Shadow is looking tatty

It will be good to have the girls fully feathered before winter. At the moment only Smoke and Sugar are still laying and they are the least tattered. I think their periods of broodiness cause them to moult in more gradual stages and also to continue laying later in the year.

The corn cobs at the allotment are coming to an end and yesterday I gave the girls some that were not good enough for us.

Some corn cobs for the girls

The girls love the corn cobs. As usual nothing from the allotment is wasted when we have chickens to hoover up anything that we don’t eat.

The girls should be looking pristine again very soon and will be ready for winter.

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4 Responses to Moulting continues

  1. David says:

    They’ll all be well covered for the winter. For a bird in the moult, Flame looks really quite good! Broodies within the week?

  2. marion.pharo says:

    They will soon be back to their lovely selves. Happy girls with all their fresh produce.

    • Carol says:

      I love to see them enjoying the fresh produce. We are just starting to get some good sized carrots. I give the girls the carrot tops and they strip them so that I just collect the bare stalks afterwards. Nothing gets wasted.

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