Moulting season is in full swing. I’m only getting one egg every other day now. Pretty sad!
One way to tell if a hen is laying is to check her comb. A laying hen will have a bright red comb.
As you can see, Harriet’s comb is fading to pink at the top. My Little Red Hen has stopped laying for now.
Martha (left) has started moulting. She doesn’t look too bad, aside from this horrible patch on the back of her neck.
Ethel (right) has a funny bald patch under her left wing, which she was kind enough to show off for the camera.
Moulting makes them crabby. I notice that Martha is keeping her head tucked in, where she’s usually standing tall and proud. Pretty sure she’s trying to hide the ugly bit on the back of her neck.
Dolly is the only one not moulting and still laying. Look at that fine red comb and wattles! At this angle, you can see the auburn highlights on her neck and chest.
I’m shocked at how much less feed and water they consume when they aren’t laying. Until now the four of them have been going through 2.5lbs of feed and 3/4ths a gallon of water a day. Now they go through about 1.5lbs of feed and maybe a third of a gallon of water.
Laying eggs is thirsty work!
Cinnamon maple knows what season it is.