Look at this pathetic girl. It's that time of year and Lucy, my white leghorn, is always the first to start moulting, then the others girls follow suit.
Lucy is one of the first chickens I got about 4 years ago, and although she's at the top of the pecking order, you'd never know it to look at her since she's so skinny and scrawny now.
I can tell that during her moult she loses her confidence, too. Normally she marches around the yard with an attitude like a rooster. She's always in charge with a very determined look on her face that says "Stay out of my way! I'm on official business and have NO time to talk!"
But I notice that in this condition she's needier and wants to hang around me more - not like her at all. She's always been very stand-offish and refuses to ever let me hold her.
Twinkie, my Buff Ameraucana, is also starting to moult, but doesn't look quite as bad yet.
This is Twinkie's first moult so I have no idea if she'll lose as many feathers as Lucy has.
Along with their regular food this morning, I also made them a treat of cooked oatmeal and threw in some raisins, diced strawberries, and a crumbled up waffle, too. They went NUTS for it!
Two moulting girls in search of bugs.
Happy Sunday Everyone :-)!