The Annual Molt

The Annual Molt

At this time of year, many hens begin to look rather crusty and bald. Most likely it’s because they are molting. Once chickens reach 1.5 years old, they annually replace their feathers. This molting process lasts an average of 2 months and typically begins once the...

Roosters Posing as Hens

The hatchery “warranty” states that they’ll refund money should we receive more than our fair share of roos (10%). I’ve had great luck until recently. The beautiful white and black Easter Egger girl I kept decided to be a rooster, as evidenced...

Why do Hens Crowd into One Nest?

The cackling coming from the coop was deafening– well, perhaps not deafening, but louder than one might consider necessary. Three of our four layers decided to lay at the same time.   Mind you, there are three nests adjacent to one another, so there is no...
Dealing with Roosters

Dealing with Roosters

Not all is quiet on the eggShell farmette. A young rooster found his voice two mornings ago. He is one loud mama. I knew he was going to crow because he began to flap his wings and put his beak up to the sky, a sure sign, I’ve found, that we’ve got a roo...