CHARLOTTE SHARES A TIP
When your hens are moulting you might notice what look like bits of flaky skin or dandruff being shed along with the feathers on the floor of the hutch. This can look alarming, but don’t worry. It is perfectly natural. These white flakes are the sheaths or waxy coatings that are being discarded as the new feathers develop. Once an old feather has been shed, the new feather starts emerging pretty soon and is encased in a waxy coating or sheath. This is a needle-like tube in which the feather is protected. You will then see the tip of the feather emerging and these tiny protuberances look a little like the tips of paintbrushes. Once the feather becomes a little longer, the sheath will be dropped and it is these that you will see among the droppings under the perches. Birds will also preen to remove these white coatings and help the feathers emerge.