We’re getting there.
Haley continues to lay enormous eggs which are taking on more of her customary lovely copper hue. Breaking news…Coraline is squatting for me and tried to nest yesterday! She still has some of her old, faded feathers mixed in with the pretty new ones, though. Does that mean she’s going to be half old feathers/half new for the next year?! Cuz…ew.
I’ve tried to get squats out of Tallulah and Hermione, but they’re not having it. Yet.
Here’s the thing. It’s December 10th, and still no sign of molt from either Abby or Buffy. They continue to lay (huge) eggs, every other day, and there is no evidence of undue feather loss. What the hey, chickeneers?! Do they get a pass? No naked for you?
I was pondering this mystery out loud at the breakfast table yesterday, when Stepdaughter the Elder tossed in this little gem of pre-pubescent wisdom: maybe they’re not molting because they were broody.
Could she be right? Could this be the answer? The only two hens who went broody this past summer are the only two who show no signs of molt. This can’t just be a coincidence, right? Is this some piece of common chicken knowledge that has somehow eluded me?
I know, I know; it seems a stretch, but bear with me. Both these girls (especially Buffy) had a prolonged period of egg cessation already this year. Maybe their bodies don’t require another at this time. Or, maybe their molts will be greatly delayed because they were broody earlier.
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?