Late winter It is cold Why in the world are my hens losing their feathers when they need every single one to keep toasty warm? Feather loss could be caused by age, molting, crowding, brooding, an overactive rooster or, gulp, lice or mites
Just before they begin laying, hens that hatched four or five months earlier look like they just stepped out of a chicken spa Their feathery wardrobe is gorgeous and covers everything but their legs, feet, and heads Then life’s stresses begin taking a toll After months of laying, patches of feathers disappear revealing reddish bare skin Although
When raising backyard chickens, it’s important to know some basics on their anatomy and the function for each part This way you can keep close tabs on your flocks’ health and notice any changes that might signal a problem
Chickens are gorgeous birds and were created so well When you sit and really think about the process a chicken goes through to lay their egg, it’s astounding!