The Great Molt has begun. Spice (the Grand Mama) has begun first - she has a Very Bare Bottom. When you look after your hens with love and know them all individually, it's always a bit of a shock (it can be a quite atrocious sight...not, as my teenage children would say, A Good Look!..) and as our friends below say, it's like walking into the aftermath of the mother of all pillow fights going into the coop every morning...ouch! But it's all part of the process - a bit like shedding leaves and investing in yer roots, if you're a tree. I'm coming to see this time of year more and more as a Time To Pay In...feed the soil, bed down, lay good foundations, invest in next year. It's almost as exciting as spring...a deliberate investment in our natural asset. Good on you, Spice...you need a quick protein boost to help you grow 'em back (feathers are over 80% protein!) - so a good handful of sunflower seeds are coming your way this morning...) . Lovely explanation of this process is just here, from fellow chook lovers in Boston, US: http://hencam.com/faq/the-molt
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