My Silly Hen

Eleanor moulting

Usually our chickens go through a very discreet winter moult, losing one little patch of feathers at a time, so you hardly notice it's happening. But not Eleanor.  Poor girl–she seems to have dropped half her feathers at once.  She looks like half a chicken. Fortunately chickens don't spend much time looking in the mirror, so she has no idea how silly she looks.  Also–luckily for her–it has not been terribly cold yet.  I hate the idea of her dropping all her feathers just when she needs them to keep her warm at night.