Egg production has been extremely spotty throughout the entire summer. One day we'll get one egg, then it might go a few days before getting another. Once in a great while we would have two eggs, but that has been rare.
|Henrietta on left, Beulah on right|
If anyone is curious how to tell if their chicken is molting, there are a few tell-tale signs. First, you will see an excess of feathers on the ground and in the coop. Then the chicken that is molting will start to look scraggly (the best way I can describe it). I mean, after all if they are losing feathers they won't look all filled out. It's been most notable on their necks.
|Note the sparseness of feathers|
So, how do feathers come back in after they lose them? It's pretty interesting really. The quill part of the feather will grow first, then the feather continues to get longer, and the plumage starts to protrude out the end.
|Quills forming on wing|
|Quills forming on her back|
That reminds me of a funny thing that happened just a couple of days ago. I had found a large spider (large for around here might be half an inch in body size. This spider was sort of spotted. I went into the house to get a jar to capture it. Of course, anytime I'm working around the backyard the nosy hens are right there. They might miss out on a tasty morsel otherwise. Well, true to form the spider dropped to the ground while I was trying to capture it. Before I could reach down to grab it, Henrietta gobbled it down. I could only laugh. I really wanted to photograph the spider and figure out what species it was. I guess I'll have wait until next time.
Oh, and the hens also
Next up will be a video of leaping chickens. They love dried worms, and wait until you see what they will do to get them.