We’ve had our summer … we had a run of fine days, some even quite warm, but now it’s miserable again (though not so cold – after all, it is June!). Not a good time, therefore, to go through a moult.

Bertha, of the B Team, is clearly feeling under the weather … although (I suspect) top hen of the new girls, she is keeping her distance and prefers to be on her own. No wonder, she has barely any feathers left and looks quite grey because of the quills that are breaking through – it must feel so sore.

But soon she’ll be glorious, probably for the first time in her life. I can’t, at the moment, manage a before photo because of the weather, but I’m really looking forward to showing her to you fully feathered and glossy!

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