|Pepper, October 2011|
Here she is in full plumage:
|Pepper, May 2011|
Most chickens will molt in late summer or fall, but sometimes it happens in the Spring. My Rhode Island Red, a very abundant egg producer starting molting in 2010 in June and gradually lost feathers and grew them back all over her body. Apparently abundant egg producers tend to molt that way. Then there is Pepper, a Dominique, she is losing them all at once. She is a regular and good layer, but not nearly as often as Red.
At least she doesn't look like this:
Another side affect is that they stop laying while they are molting. I have actually not collected an egg in two days.TWO DAYS people. We have a half dozen left in the fridge....this is getting ridiculous. THIS is why I have five chicks in a brooder in the garage....and my friends keep asking me "Now, how many chickens do you have?".