There is something quite scary on our farm! And I’ll warn you; its a little gross too. So if you’re brave enough to keep reading, here ya go!
I told you. Gross.
But don’t worry. Nothing is actually wrong with any of these chickens. Believe it or not, this is actually healthy and normal. Well, normal for chickens. I still think its just scary looking myself.
These ladies are molting. Most chickens do this in the fall; they drop old feathers and grow new ones. During this time they stop laying eggs and put all their efforts into growing new wardrobes. And well they should because this look is really just disturbing.
For comparison sake, here are some non-molting pics.
Nice, sleek, smooth with full tail feathers and, well, clothed necks. This is how chickens should look.
But this time of the year?
Well, chickens are just scary.