Romance author Starr Ambrose /
Thoughts on writing and my rural life
the barn in fall
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I always thought nature got this a bit wrong - when the weather starts turning cold, the chickens get naked. Their feathers drop off as new ones push their way out, and cold weather combined with shorter days seems to be the trigger. A perfectly good system, except new feathers take a couple weeks to fill in, and in the meantime it's cold outside and the chickens have lost their insulation. Plus, the chicken yard looks like the scene of a masacre, with all the feathers lying around.
One of my chickens has begun molting. She looks fluffy compared to the others, and you can already see a bare spot in front of her wing. Stay tuned - this is only the beginning.