With the heat of summer many poultry have stated to moult. During this time they require a high protein diet to help them grow new glossy plumage. With the ground so dry, many insects may be hard to find. A good trick is to place some planks of untreated wood or tree stumps in some shady corners of the garden and turn over for the chooks occasionally so they can feast on any hiding insects.
This unusual looking bird has a feathered beard and muffs and five toes. This French breed is primarily a meat bird but also a good layer, laying around 4 light-brown, medium-sized eggs a week. This breed is very docile and quiet making it perfect for a town flock. They can be bullied in a mixed flock so it is best to keep them with other docile fowls such as Light Sussex or Barnevelder, rather than the feisty brown shavers. They are popular as pets, especially for children due to their gentleness.