Our Daisy Belle chicken has been in moult; the lass is clogging on a bit in years, here she is in her youth in 2007
She can’t mange such a resplendent plumage these days. But she is working on this seasons feathers right now.
Chickens stop laying when they moult and general act ‘out of sorts’ not quite hanging out with the rest of the flock, first in the hen house at night, last out in a morning, having a bad feather day I suppose. They moult once a year, they don’t loose all the feathers at once (I’m not even sure how often some feathers are replaced, not every year I think).
Here she is with her new feathers emerging. Bless.
The quill grows first, and then the feather emerges from the tip of the quill,
it looks like she’s covered in little paint brushes.
Reader Charles is concerned for Spuds the dogs welfare, as he has been absent of late. I can report he is fine, muddy and wet, but that’s Springers for you… He’ll be along soon.