Posts Tagged ‘feathers’

Top 9 Freaky Chicken Traits October 18, 2017 No Comments

Trick or Treat! Could this fun, funky, and freaky chicken—with its wind-blown feathers—really exist? Or is this a just photoshop job?   Well, we’re not playing tricks on you! This Frizzle is a real treat, a true (and absolutely adorable) type of bird we offer here at My Pet Chicken. Chickendom has moved beyond just […]

Molting Season or Exploding Chickens? November 9, 2015 6 Comments

Now that the heat of summer has passed, and the fall nights are cooler, you may have noticed your coop is a little messier than normal. Perhaps much, much messier. This time of year, whenever I collect eggs I can’t help but wonder: is it Molting Season or do I have Exploding Chickens? With autumn comes molting […]

Water repellent feathers: NOT due to the oil gland April 17, 2015 3 Comments

Chickens don’t necessarily go inside when it rains–and as we’ve discussed, it’s not because they’re not smart enough. They’re smart! They just know that they’re outfitted with pretty durn good rain gear: water repellent feathers. Especially in light rains, water just rolls right off. (Ducks have even more effectively water repellent feathers–you may have heard the […]

The Ragged Feathers of Summer: 7 causes August 8, 2014 2 Comments

When your day old baby chick feathers in for the first time at 12 weeks old or so with her complete juvenile plumage, there’s almost nothing quite as beautiful. Each feather is shiny and new. And a perfectly-frocked, robin-sized bird that runs to you for affection is more exciting than most of us would care […]

Top 4 causes of feather picking in the home flock September 27, 2013 4 Comments

One of our readers is having problems with feather picking. She writes:   Listen Lissa, My chickens turned a year old this past August. During the winter months, I noticed one of my chickens lost a lot of vent feathers, all the feathers around her bottom and part way up her back and then had an open sore […]

Fallen feathers–what to do with them? October 12, 2012 24 Comments

The season is here; my girls have officially begun molting. The question now is: What to do with their fallen feathers? They’re so pretty, it seems like a waste to just let them blow away. When I first started keeping chickens years ago, I would spend fall days walking around the yard and plucking up […]