Cinderella

Cinders and her gorgeous sisters

Cinders and her gorgeous sisters

Lily, once the belle of the ball with two ugly sisters, currently looks more like Cinders before her transformation.  Our newest ladies have gone through their annual moult and have turned into handsome young ladies while Lily, still moulting, looks small, pale and tatty.  While she puts all her energy into making new feathers she has stopped laying eggs.

Poppy-stripped wing feathers, tatty bottom feathers and missing tail, chest and head feathers

Poppy-stripped wing feathers, tatty bottom feathers and missing tail, chest and head feathers

Poppy transformed

Poppy transformed

This is a time when your hens may need some extra help to stay healthy by provided them with a higher protein diet.  You can give them a specialist feed or add in a handful of mealworms or sunflower seeds in the afternoon, you can also give them a boost with some liquid seaweed vitamin supplements.  In a matter of weeks Lily will be transformed once again.