Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Hens are on Vacation

It's that time of the year--the time when the chickens lose their old, tattered feathers and grow new ones in preparation for winter. As the chickens moult, their bodies take a break from egg laying and focus on growing new feathers.

After they have regrown their feathers, they will begin laying eggs again. The whole process takes a month or so, but when the moult is finished they will have beautiful new feathers.

In need of new feathers

Another neat thing about the moult is that while they are taking a vacation from laying eggs, they also recharge the pigments needed to color the eggs. That means that they will lay darker brown eggs or brighter blue and green eggs after the moult. Those colors will gradually get lighter and lighter until next years' moult, when they will recharge again.

In the meantime, however, we will have fewer eggs to sell than usual. If you are a Clintonville Market customer, you might want to get there on Friday evening or Saturday morning to make sure you get your eggs for the week. We try to deliver to the market by mid-afternoon on Friday, but I'm not sure when they get the eggs into the case. If they're not out yet, ask them if they still have them in the back.

The inconvenience should only last a month or so. Hopefully by Christmas (fingers crossed) the ladies should be done vacationing and back to work. Thanks for your patience!