Sad Molt

I am finding that I feel very sorry for our hens who are molting.  I know it’s a natura process and all a part of their lives, but they look so miserable all the time.  


Here is Cecilia, or and I call her, Silly.   She is one of the handful of stragglers still trying to molt in the dead of winter.  Why I thought this would be a quick process with all my chickens going naked at once, I don’t know, but there it is.  Mid-February and not counting Silly, I have about three others who are starting the process.  They seem to be taking turns, as one get bad looking just as another starts getting fluffy again. 

Silly is miserable.  She has lost weight, despite me giving the extra protein, meat, eggs, Feather Fixer… and BOSS.  She hangs back, slinking along behind the flock like she is suddenly afraid of them.  And me.  And the chicks.  


She hides a lot, too.  

And this is representative of all the chickens we’ve had molt this year.  It’s our first molt, so I truly didn’t know what to think or expect.  But when my fierce Dragon Ladies turn into simpering simps… yeah, I feel sad for them.  

This hen?  Cecilia? Was the vicious one who used to peck the back of my legs when they were little pullets.  Now she’s afraid of her own shadow.  

Poor dear.  I hope this ends for her soon.  

3 thoughts on “Sad Molt

    1. Silly Girl was shaking while I took that picture. You could see her shivers. If she wasn’t all pins and needles, I would have picked her up to cuddle her or tuck her up in under my coat. But I can’t even do that because it would hurt her. 😦

      It doesn’t help that we’ve had up and down weather, 40’s one day and snow the next. I just feel so bad for the poor things.

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      1. Oh I know whatcha mean.. mine don’t want me messing with them either.. it’s so sad.. the weather here in West Virginia has been so crazy too.. I’m hoping this weekend will cheer them up a little bit since it’s supposed to be 60 and 65. Monday and Tuesday is supposed to be almost 70, maybe this will help their spirits a little bit with warm weather and bright sunshine.

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