Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke
Happy New Year

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Twyla, one of my Australorps, is pictured here in her annual molting state. She is with Milton, our one remaining guinea fowl. This time every year our Australorps and Rhode Island Reds go through a horrible molting period. The other chickens experience some loss of feathers, but nothing like these. They certainly mess up the pretty picture of lovely living lawn ornaments that I like to portray, but then the trees aren't so pretty this time of year either. Leaves and feathers fall to the ground.
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  1. Poor Twyla !! She is still very pretty.... Leaves and feathers fall to the !! We have no leaves left, just snow. The only feathers are from what the cat caught, or the odd feather from the bald eagles when they sit on my house and's odd...but it does happen.
    ...have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Cheers!

  2. Wow, what a change to Twyla's appearance... kinda dreading what our Barred Rocks are going to look like when they molt. At least they're still beautiful on the inside, no?

    How do you like having the guinea fowl around? Much different than having chickens? would you recommend it to a chicken farmer?

    Happy Thanksgiving Granny Annie!

  3. ThomasK, I don't think you will have a problem with your Barred Rocks. My sex-link hens have very little molting problem. My Aracaunas loose a few feathers but nothing like the Australorps and Rhode Island Reds. I also have some Silkies and they don't seem to molt at all. I love our guinea fowl and hope to increase their numbers. They are very difficult to raise but once they figure out where home is they are the best watch dogs for the whole place. You have to like noise to have them around. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    Happy Thanksgiving to Renae also. Thankfully my cat's don't bother the chickens.

  4. Yeah, they don't look very pleasant when molting.