Well, I can only assume my chickens have moulted, or maybe they’re still moulting a bit. The evidence isn’t as overwhelming as I anticipated. Over the past couple of months, we’ve found a few feathers every day in the garden and where they roost at night, which isn’t normal. Plus all three of my chooks took a time-out from laying, but only about 4 or 5 days each. And they looked a bit thread-bear around the head and neck. But otherwise, autumn is progressing like any other season in my chicken-coop.
Recently I’ve noticed some funny looking feathers – especially on Rosy, especially where she was showing more skin than normal. They are white-tipped and I’m thinking this is the end result of moulting – she’s growing her new, winter feathers.
I wonder if their moults were so mild because of the climate here, their age, or the breed. It doesn’t really matter, I’m just thankful my girls didn’t get nearly-naked like some I’ve seen and they didn’t stop laying.