Moulting Season

It’s moulting season, and while our previous hens never did anything by the book this current brood are much more predictable it seems. The Vicarage Girls are almost permanently threadbare – apart from Molly who is top of the pecking order, and Bertha, who moulted completely a couple of months ago and has a lovely set of feathers to show for it :) But recently we have been seeing wing feathers discarded in the Hen Run …

Milly's rear end is as bare as ever, but she now has a few bare patches on her wings, too

Milly’s rear end is as bare as ever, but she now has a few bare patches on her wings, too

Molly has always had a full set of feathers

Molly has always had a full set of feathers

Mandy is still lacking a few feathers in the tail area

Mandy is still lacking a few feathers in the tail area

Bertha has a full set of  feathers

Bertha has a full set of feathers

Babs and Betsy have always been rather threadbare

Babs and Betsy have always been rather threadbare

It’s hard to tell which of the Moppets may be moulting … I’ve not seen any of them go through a complete moult, although from time to time there is a cloud of feathers all over the run and coop to show that someone is moulting.

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They may look a little scruffy from time to time, but the Moppets have so many feathers it’s hard to be sure …

They are all out and about these days … the broody period is over for another year, I hope!

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You can see the feathers in the run … we only raked it out yesterday!

We are getting one bantam egg a day … but of course I’ve no idea who is laying it … no-one has a particularly bright comb just now to give me a clue.

The Vicarage girls are producing two eggs a day … often one of them is soft or shell-less. Again, their combs are pale pink rather than bright red.

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From the left … Bertha, Betsy, Milly, Molly and Mandy

Molly

Molly

Milly at the drinker

Milly at the drinker

I’m looking forward to seeing all the Vicarage girls with a full set :D

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