Mabel is nearly three years old and our oldest gal.
She's lived with us since she was a pullet, when she was growing her first adult millie-fleur feathers.
They were lovely, Mabel loved them. She love them so much that she decided to hang onto them for two years!
No effort was put into obtaining glossy, warm, new feathers last Autumn. Much to my dismay, her egg factory remained in full working order.
In August of this year her feathers were a sorry sight. All of her foot feathers had broken off and every other feather she possessed was split and generally ragged looking.
But then it happened…a moult!
The garden was littered with her feathers and she looked even worse than she had done throughout the year but eventually they grew back.
We weren't prepared for just HOW they grew back!
This is Mabel before her moult…
She's turning white!
Please excuse the slightly out of focus, distance shot of Mabel. I realise that they're not the best but I do have a valid reason.
The following pictures hopefully validate the reason…