If you've been following my blogs, you'll remember that we got some chickens in the summer. We rescued five girls (hybrids) from a big flock and since then got four pure breds (a light Sussex, two barnvelders and a French Maran). The girls have all settled in now and have got over their pecking order squabbles, but now they have gone a bit weird.
I understand that towards the end of the summer they go through a moult during which time they replace a lot of their feathers and stop laying so many eggs.
We're giving them lots of lovely high protein feed to help them with all their new feathers but wonder how long this going to last and if there is anything else that causes eggs to look like this? Now I know lots of you are much more experienced in the art of poultry rearing than I and if you have any tips I would be more than happy to try them. Just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you to let you know if it has any effect.
By the way, they are all very tame now. After the young ones got over their fear of a new environment, they all come running over to greet us when we visit them. Of course they are, I’m sure, much more interested in what titbits we may have than they are in us.
P.S. I know I've been threatening to take on the women’s guild with my Bramble Jelly, but I've been at work so much lately and the days are getting shorter. I just haven’t been at home long enough to get started. The berries are all in the freezer though and this weekend the house WILL smell gorgeous!