10,000 Visitors

Hello keepers, readers, I ‘d just want to say  thanks, merci, danke, gracias, dank, ευχαριστίες , ありがとう, спасибо and obrigado,to all of you out there for reading my blog, sorry to any languages i’ve left out, babelfish only covers certain ones. I’m overwhelemed by the amount of people who are interseted in chicken keeping, and you all seems like such a lovely group of people too.

The list of countries from which you are visiting the site now stands at 93, great to see something we all have in common. I hope you are enjoying both the factual and personal sides to the posts, if there is anything anyone would like me to add, plaese do leave a comment in the box.

May your chickens live long and lay well.

Moulting or Molting

Moulting or Molting, english or american spelling, it still results in the same, feathers everywhere. For those who are unaware of the process, moulting occurs normally once a year, can happen twice depending on the climate. The bird will  gradually shed a considerable amount of it’s feathers, I have noticed it generally starts with the tail feathers, then spreads to the rest of the body. Now the bird doesn’t become bald all of a sudden,  the process happens over a period of weeks, can last for months, depending on the condition of the bird at the start of the process.

In my observations of our hens, it started with one bird, and then a few days later, others joined  the shedding process, interestingly the top hens Nancy and Manuella were the last to start. During this time of renewing their feathers, the laying stops, as the bird is putting all of its energy into the growth of the new feathers, they can become very subdued, spending alot of time sleeping during the day. One other thing I have just noticed, is that their combs seem to shrink down and lose some of their colour, side effect of directing all that energy to the feathers I suspect.

Moulting Manuella

The moulting or molting process, is to renew their weakened and damaged feathers to prepare themselves for winter and better their chance of escape from any predators, perhaps this is why they stagger  the moulting in the flock, so they can maintain some overall strength and protection. Make they have grit (calcium = crushed seashells) in their feed.

They do look a bit of a mess while this is all going on, however when they have finished, they look splendid in their new plumage, like a group of ladies who have just returned from a fancy hair salon.

Happy Easter

Hi readers, happy easter to all those christians out there, i hope the rest of you have a nice long weekend, I hope you are painting eggs with your children rather than giving them yet more chocolate. The giving of eggs can mean alot of things to different people. In most cultures it is a sign of new beginnings, whether that be a new child, or the renewal of crops and life in general, the spring tidings, so here’s to all your new beginnings. Happy Egg Day.