These girls are looking Sassy again! They spent Thanksgiving through New Year’s molting. Molting is kind of like hitting the reset button for chickens. After a while, a chicken’s feathers become worn out and lose their insulation abilities as well as their aerodynamic properties. When chickens molt, they shed their feathers and regrow new ones. Chickens usually molt when the days become short which seems like bad time of year to me. I mean, brrr! But who am I to question mother nature??
The regrowing of feathers requires a lot of protein, so the chickens also stop laying eggs during this time so all of their protein intake can go towards feather production!
Just this past week, our hens have begun to lay eggs for us again. I collected 2 yesterday! Slowly but surely!