Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The hens are moulting

Egg yields have gone down quite a bit over the past couple of days and I discovered why tonight. I picked up one of my copper blacks and she was featherless from the crop down to the legs. I then picked up a few more of the hens and the older ones were in the same condition. It seems we have hit the moulting season and that means the hens put their energy into growing new feathers rather than laying eggs. It will take a few weeks before we get over this. Given the mountain of eggs we have from last week when we were on holiday and therefore not consuming, swapping or selling them, we should be able to get through this lean patch.

Anyway, here is a video, filmed last month but only just edited, about the feeding dandelions and other wild green leaves to the hens and ducks.

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