Indian Summer Days

View from front porch

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!

Hens at sunrise

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.

View from our bike ride

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.

Entering Buxton Farm

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.

Alpaca Farm Next Door

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!

Front porch view




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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

5 Responses to Indian Summer Days

  1. tashaf says:

    WOW! Just wow! The pictures/view are amazing!!!!

  2. Cyndi Lewis says:

    I’ll be getting my first flock of chickens in the spring. I’m sure when they molt for the first time I’ll be shocked with how they look and my kids will be all grossed out. But hey… my fly fishing and tying husband will love the feathers! I wish there wasn’t a “down” time for egg laying but all creatures need a rest break.

  3. Suzy says:

    Beautiful pictures…what a glorious life you have! Enjoy the break from egg collecting…you know it won’t be long before you have eggs galore again!

  4. Leilani says:

    Our older girls are in the middle of their molting cycle now and our younger group is just starting to lay. I am having trouble getting it through my husbands head that the drop off in production is normal. On low egg count days he starts threatening the girls with becoming nuggets.

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