Another moult?

This is what I found in the litter tray under the bantams this morning …

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There were none there yesterday … so someone is moulting. But can you tell which one?

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I can’t! I’m not sure they all know whether they are broody or not just now … each morning I find them all in the coop, but today four of them were on the perches and not in the nest box – what’s going on? They all left in a flurry, but under their own steam, whereas I usually have to lift them out. So I didn’t see who created the cloud of feathers as they went :533:

I may also have detected a spot of blood on one of the perches, but I haven’t been able to examine each of them as yet – I’m on my own at the moment and the shortcoming of a low run is that I can’t easily reach them. So tomorrow morning, I’ll shut them in the coop and lift them out one by one to see if I can find any more problems with their feet.

I found a spot of blood on an egg from the Vicarage girls, too … another prolapse? Again, I can’t see any evidence … and a few of them have bare behinds which make it easier to spot …

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That’s Milly … still with no tail feathers. Bertha’s feathers have regrown, mostly, but her comb is rather pale, so I suspect she is still not laying. We’re averaging 3-4 eggs a day, including a softie most days. Another hen with a pale comb is Babs … and the two of them are right at the bottom of the pecking order. As I look through all my photos, there are only ever five hens to be seen, usually because Bertha has chosen to be elsewhere to avoid the pecking.

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There is still plenty of grass, but when I first let them out in the morning, Bertha heads instead for the composter! But she can usually get in on the act somehow …

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A few days ago I gave them the last of the hard peck blocks, and initially five of the girls shared a bowl …

Watch as the pecking order reasserts itself over the initial rush to the treats bowl (you just catch a glimpse of Bertha as the video opens) … so I separated them to give the B team a chance …

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That’s Bertha, with her beak open … still straggly, but quite a transformation from a few weeks ago!

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