Kind of like the warmth you feel when you wear a down jacket or vest or even sleep under a down comforter. Mmmmm, so toasty warm.
Anyway, some chickens will molt slowly over months. Others will just seem to drop every feather at once, something we call the "ugly molt". I'm not sure which is better. Faster molters will get back to laying eggs sooner than slow molters. But they also look worse while they molt, thus the term, ugly molt.
Either way, Ginger is just finishing her molt and Coco has just started. And Coco is molting fast. I've been picking up all the feathers in their run each day. But I just can't keep up with her dropping them. It's so difficult for me to watch.
|My sweet Coco. Missing nearly all her neck feathers, clearly all her tail feathers and just looking so roughed up.|
|I know, I'm terrible for photographing her not so fluffy butt. But I couldn't help myself. I just can't believe|
all her bare patches. Look at the backs of her legs. She's lost all her leg feathers too.
|Oh, and her neck is just the worst. And she can't reach those pin feathers to nibble them open from|
their keratin wrappers so those will just have to open when they are good and ready.