Hang On, Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Hang On!

"Why does beauty have to be so hard?" Note the pin feathers on her wing. Her whole body is covered with these, underneath the fluff.

“Why does beauty have to be so hard?” Note the pin feathers on her wing. Her whole body is covered with these, underneath the fluff.

Wow. Molting is serious business with poor Pumpkin. In my limited chicken-keeping experience I’ve never seen molting malaise like this. The poor girl has not left the coop for five days except when I’ve brought her out. When the weather was windy and wet I didn’t drag her out since she has no protection with her feathers in this halfway state, but even these past few sunny days she has not wanted to leave the roosts. Luckily, her buddy Alice has been looking after her and has stayed with her; Alice is usually all about going out but she has made it clear

Thank you for being a friend: our two Golden Girls.

Thank you for being a friend: our two Golden Girls.

that her job has been to keep Pumpkin company. So, it’s just been Jenny, Sally, and Nutmeg in the tractor these past few days.

It’s truly lovely today so I scooped Pumpkin up and sat her in the sunshine on my lap, where she snuggled in and did a little sunbathing. She also then slowly wandered off to take a dust bath with everyone else. However, she’s not really eating and I’m concerned. I will be hitting BackYardChickens.com (aka the Library of Alexandria of chicken knowledge) for a molting muffins recipe this afternoon.

Sunlight and snuggles are a good prescription for many maladies.

Sunlight and snuggles are a good prescription for many maladies.

Edited to add: I found a recipe! Thank you, The Chicken Chick! Yes, I bake for my chickens; don’t you?

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