I really dislike molting season. Mostly because of the way Coco molts. Coco does the "Ugly Molt" meaning she sheds so many feathers, you can see bare skin covered in rows and rows of pin feathers. And she looks MISERABLE!!! I mean, who wouldn't. This year has been her worst molt yet.
She started molting on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. The coop and run were covered with her beautiful black feathers. By Saturday, she looked like the two photos below, bare back and sides.
She also had a pin feather pulled out. I don't know if she did it or if one of the other hens did it. I have caught them pecking at her. Probably out of curiosity to see what those pin feather things all over her are. Anyway, that wound looks like it really smarts. I've been trying to put Vet RX and Neosporin on it but she wants nothing to do with me so I have to sneak out to the coop at night to treat her.
I did catch her shivering a few times so I've put a heat lamp out in the run for her. She doesn't want to stand under it. But if I put treats under it, she has to stand under it to eat which warms up her just a touch.
I've closed up every window on the coop to try and keep it as warm as possible in there at night. And it's surprisingly warm in there. I'm sure the Buff Orpingtons don't appreciate it but I'm hoping it's temporary.
Below is what my beautiful Coco will look like in just a few short weeks. I can't fast forward fast enough to get her at least covered in feathers.