Fortunately, I'm in California where the weather is mild and she did this in October before our weather turns really chilly. But still, she looked miserable. And I'd catch her shivering in the mornings. I felt awful for her. I so desperately wanted to scoop her up and wrap her in a blanket. But chickens have molted like this for thousands of years. And really, the best thing you can do for her is to just leave her be. And offer up some high protein treats to help her grow out new feathers.
So out of over a hundred entries, Coco took the top prize. My reward is that I've been made a Golden Feather member of BYC. YEA.
I don't dare tell anyone that I shared that awful photo of her molting. She'd be horrified.