Our girl Mei hasn't been herself lately. We think she had sour crop a few weeks ago and with the introduction of the new chicks, she has been quite stressed out. She hasn't laid an egg in two weeks.
Thinking she might be egg bound, we bathed her in warm water and I did unspeakable things involving a latex glove and olive oil. We started to notice that she was losing some feathers. I began to panic.
Today, we came home to an entire backyard of feathers. We were relieved to discover that our girl is simply molting.
Melissa B. and Backyard Farming for saving the day!
The molting could last as long as 12 weeks and so could the lack of eggs. Good thing we have two other birds still producing.
Who knew chicken tending could be this exciting!