This is our second year raising chickens and for the first time our chickens went into a molt. When chickens molt is means that there feathers fall out and they grow new ones. This primarily happens when the days get shorter and the nights get cold. Most of the time you will notice that your egg production also drops off.
We were faced with the challenge of thinning our flock for winter so we have room to raise chicks in the spring. Taking the chickens that were molting seemed like the easy choice, but now we are not sure. Our egg count is down and the older birds were tough to eat.
I guess we need to live and learn, happy harvest all and take some time to check out our online store you will find many great gift ideas for friends and family.