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New feathers for Pippa
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:38 PM

It may not seem like winter’s really here outside, although we’ve had a bit of snow here and there, but one look at the chicken coop, and we know. Sometimes with the change of seasons, chickens will molt and two of our six hens are doing just that. There are feathers everywhere and Pippa especially looks, well, bedraggled.

Pippa is one of our Silver Laced Wyandottes, meaning she has black feathers with white edges and right now she has fewer of them than normal. It would have been better for her had she molted earlier when there wasn’t the chance of the temperatures dipping to frigid levels, but it will soon be over and she’ll have brand spankin’ new ones to keep her warm.

Layla, one of the Buff Orpingtons, is also just completing her molt, and is looking mighty fine and fluffy. Her fellow Buff, Goldie, molted a couple of months ago. The remaining three, Patty, Bianca and Violet, have yet to do it.