It’s that time of the year when the hens start molting. Molting is replacement by the chicken of every one of its feathers-which may occur anytime from late summer to early winter. Molting takes place over the course of several weeks and can last up to 3 months or more. The chicken sheds its feathers and grows new ones. Molting is strongly related to egg production. The girls look a bit ratty losing their feathers, but their energy levels are still sound. This “spell” of warm weather with indian summer appeals to the flock too!
This means their sweet delicious egg productions has dwindled. At the peak of the season we harvested 30 dozen eggs a day. Now we’re down to (maybe) 5 dozen a day. Molting is a an annual phenomenon among flocks.
The herd is very content in this glorious fall weather and so are we! Indian Summer is clearly one of the most invigorating times of the year for me. When the leaves display their magic, it’s absolutely astounding to witness.
Our sweet potato harvest from our kitchen garden was bountiful. Michael couldn’t resist and made a sweet potato cheesecake. A recipe from a previous family owned restaurant where we once worked. Eating cheesecake translates into; afternoon bike rides.
With the magnificent fall scenery our bike rides are getting longer. You could just keep cruising down these country roads! It’s that remarkable. Life is good!