It is a few days from the first day of autumn here in the southern hemisphere. About two weeks ago I started noticing feathers littering the yard and then I noticed my Barnevelder girl’s egg production started to go down.
So I am guessing my Barnevelders are going through their first moult. I checked online and yes, I see that late summer, early autumn is a common time for chickens to start moulting. I hope mine don’t go through an almost naked moult like some poor chickens do. Because my girls are not yet twelve months old (they will be one year old in April), I am guessing their moult will be less severe but I am not sure if that is right.
Hannah Hen went through a moult after hatching her chicks so she may not go through another one.