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Blogger Kaylee Vaughn shares ideas for high-protein chicken snacks, from kelp to sprouts. Healthy, high-protein snacks can help support your chickens during molting season! Here are 10 healthy snack ideas for your flock! Each year, as summer fades into fall, my yard and chicken coops become littered with feathers. Soon after, I start noticing silly-looking […]Read more »
Daylight hours decrease and cooler weather approaches as autumn settles in all around us. As you can see in this picture, some of the trees are bare, and so are the nesting boxes. Fall is a common time for molting chickens and fewer (or no) eggs. Even other chicken owners that usually sell eggs have covered […]Read more »
The Molt is coming. In fact for some of you, it might already be here. August is just around the corner and we’re already seeing signs of the seasonal molt in our flock. Molt is a healthy, seasonal process for chickens. It usually happens in their second year around late summer to […]Read more »
Clinger The Bare Backed Hen & Her Super Simple Saddle My bare backed hen named Clinger (aptly named as she loves being around people) has had the misfortune of losing feathers all winter long. Thankfully, it was not due to mites or malnutrition but the combination of not molting in the fall and repeated encounters […]Read more »
Some of our chickens have begun laying eggs AND they are having a juvenile molt. If you got baby chicks back in the Spring like we did, you are probably getting some eggs now. I absolutely love that egg laying song that they sing, don’t you? Our Black Star chickens are laying consistently now. They […]Read more »
If any of your chickens are molting during winter especially in this earlier than usual winter weather blast, it’s worrisome on how to care for our naked friends. Pin feathers are also an issue that should considered when looking for options to keep our featherless flock members warm. Take a look at some ideas to […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Suddenly everywhere you look feathers are abundant in the coop. My kids often tell me it looks as though a chicken has exploded! Chickens over one year of age typically molt each fall. This is the time when they replace all their feathers on their body just in time for […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke In my last post, I shared that the heritage breed hens here at 1840 Farm were deep into their annual molt cycle. A few weeks have passed, but not much has changed on that front. They are fewer feathers accumulating in the coop each day and the girls are beginning to look like […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke The leaves are dry and crunching underfoot here at 1840 Farm. The weather has turned cold outside and the pellet stoves are roaring inside. Gardens have been put to bed for the winter and the animals are preparing for the cold weather. Our French Angora Rabbit is ready with his thick, […]Read more »