I used to look like this. I think I was rather majestic looking if I may say so myself!
Then I was very lucky and I was given eggs to hatch. Twenty one days of sitting on those eggs, I hatched these adorable things. Five of them. No one noticed at the time because we were all too busy oohing and aahing over my babies, but there is a tell tale feather in the bottom of this picture.
Then I started to notice more and more of my beautiful feathers on the ground of the run.
I have no idea how many feathers I will lose in this moult but look at me. Just look at my bottom! My beautiful tail has gone!
The big boss (that is the person who thinks she is my owner but of course she does not own me) went online to her poultry central forum website thingy and she found out that we mums often moult after we have hatched our babies. Well no wonder, what on earth does she expect. It is very hard work and stressful on my body to be sitting in that confined space for 21 days and not to have much time to eat or drink. I can’t let my eggs go cold, you know!