Saturday, September 20, 2008

Three Guesses






1. I finally caught all the English House Sparrows that are devouring the chicken food and pooping all over everything, then had a "Fargo" moment.

2. Lee finally had enough of being awakened at 6am and blew up the our rooster with a leftover sleeve of Blackcat firecrackers.

3. My chickens are molting like crazy and aren't laying any eggs at all.  It always looks like someone ran over a chicken with a lawnmower once the molt begins. 
Note the perfectly trimmed grass line outside the chicken run.  You can tell just how long their necks are, by how far out the grass is eaten.

10 comments:

  1. Well #3 of course! :)

    I've got several hens that are doing some molting right now, mostly around their nexks and chests.

    They are almost a year old, in October. Is this typical, do you know?

    ~Lisa

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  2. Completely normal. Some chickens don't molt their first year, but I think it depends on when they hatched.

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  3. ROFL! I'm voting #2. That's hysterical!

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  4. I have to admit, I was nervous about reading this post because I thought, from the picture, that some kind of predator had gotten one/some of your chicken(s). I've heard moulting is a difficult time (for human and chickens), but I'm still relieved this is the reason behind those piles of feathers. :-)

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  5. Is that common for them to not lay while they are moulting? How long does it last?

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  6. You know, I don't know how long the molt/egg laying thing goes hand in hand. Once the molt is over (several weeks), then it's winter and mine don't lay during the winter anymore. They only laid all winter in their first year. After that, unless you provide artificial lighting, they stop laying. I just like to give my hens a break during the winter by not adding extra light.

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  7. Hey CeeCee,
    I keep a 60W or 100W lightbulb on for my chickens all the time.

    Because if I don't they don't figure out to go into their hen house and roost outside! silly girls.

    I also use a lightbulb to keep their house warmer during the cold nights.

    Do you think this enough that they'll keep laying throughout the winter this year?

    :)
    ~Lisa

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  8. My first thoughts were something has eaten your chooks! There are alot of feathers I don't think I have noticed my chooks molt as many but mine are a different breed, would that make a difference?

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  9. Oh I have three of my hens molting right now as well. The production has begun to scale back as the days are shorter. The feathers look just like that outside our chicken yard as well.

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  10. Lisa, my chickens fight/pick if I keep a light on them all night long. If it ever gets really cold (25*), I bring them into the garage at night. You'd be amazed at how warm they stay without our help. Their body temps run at about 101-102*
    That extra lighting will keep your girls laying all winter long. Send me some eggs, huh? Grocery store eggs give me the willies, and that's what I'll be eating this winter.

    White Lily, the breed shouldn't make any difference. They all need to molt. Since you are in the southern hemisphere, your seasons are are opposite from ours. Chickens usually begin their molt in the fall. I hope your spring is going well---getting some rain!

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