OH MY POOR FEATHERS

Oh dear, I look so raggedy and upkempt.  I must look frightful.

I wish my neck feathers would grow out, I’m starting to look like a plucked chicken – meanwhile no mirrors.

No more fluffy (or puffy) cheeks – really makes my neck look so long.  Does anyone have a scarf?

While a few of our flock molted early there are just starting to molt and they look, well, pathetic.

Old Clem, our 6 year old chicken matriarch, knows it too.  She spends much of day hiding out in the goat house darest someone catch site of her slightly bald neck.  Dora, our beautiful blondie, leaves small piles of feathers where ever she goes. The animal enclosure is littered with feathers all sorts of feathers – great for the compost pile.  Though it’s molting season, it’s not been too stressful on the birds, they are still laying eggs.  Which is a good sign – means that they are healthy.

Maintaining a healthy flock is essential.  We are always on the look out for slight changes in any of our animals behaviors, manure, etc.  One that we have learned is it’s vital to catch any problems early.  That way you get a jump on treatments, especially if you choose to treat the animals holistically and naturally.

Jordanne always tells folks “there’s a difference between having chickens and keeping chickens.”   I think this is good advice especially now that having chickens are becoming the hip thing to do.

Every morning and early evening there are animals chores that are done here on the urban homestead. It’s like working farm, just smaller — way smaller.

Checking, watering, feeding, cleaning and spending quality time with the animals.

Comments(8)

  1. Susy says:

    Are ducks the same as chickens? I’m planning on getting ducks instead of chickens.

  2. Susy says:

    Are ducks the same as chickens? I’m planning on getting ducks instead of chickens.

  3. Sinfonian says:

    Along similar lines, I thought I’d share a story that was in our local paper about a week ago. Seems people buy chicks from feed stores for $1 a piece. They are “guaranteed” to be hens, but apparently it is nearly impossible to guaranty the sex of chicks. Then, when the chicks grow up to be roosters, their neighbors complain. The story was about a half dozen or so roosters being dropped off at animal shelters around the area. The shelter gets them regularly.

    The publicity of the story was such that the roosters were adopted the next day. But it’s pretty common that people can’t take care of them when they get them.

    Hope your girls get through this season in good conditions!

  4. Sinfonian says:

    Along similar lines, I thought I’d share a story that was in our local paper about a week ago. Seems people buy chicks from feed stores for $1 a piece. They are “guaranteed” to be hens, but apparently it is nearly impossible to guaranty the sex of chicks. Then, when the chicks grow up to be roosters, their neighbors complain. The story was about a half dozen or so roosters being dropped off at animal shelters around the area. The shelter gets them regularly.

    The publicity of the story was such that the roosters were adopted the next day. But it’s pretty common that people can’t take care of them when they get them.

    Hope your girls get through this season in good conditions!

  5. Renee says:

    I agree! Caring for any animal, inside and outside animals alike, means responsibility to ensure they are happy and healthy. Happy chickens mean healthy girls and delicious eggs!

  6. Renee says:

    I agree! Caring for any animal, inside and outside animals alike, means responsibility to ensure they are happy and healthy. Happy chickens mean healthy girls and delicious eggs!

  7. CHICK REX? | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […]   Of course the chickens and duckies rather not be photographed in such a disheveled state (though I have snatched photos before).  Can’t say as I blame them since right now, they are looking somewhat pathetically […]

  8. CHICK REX? | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […]   Of course the chickens and duckies rather not be photographed in such a disheveled state (though I have snatched photos before).  Can’t say as I blame them since right now, they are looking somewhat pathetically […]

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