When Chickens Become Hedgehogs


| 10/21/2015 2:25:00 PM


Tags: Chickens, Molting, Molt, Leigh Schilling Edwards, Natural Chicken Keeping, Virginia,

Leigh Schlling Edwards

A brood of hedgehogs

Photo by Sue Strantz

I currently own a lovely flock of nearly 60 hedgehogs. I’m fairly certain they used to be chickens, but in the last few weeks a bizarre metamorphosis has occurred, leaving my birds spiny and odd-looking. In fact every year about this time my yard starts to look like there was a major pillow fight. Closer inspection would suggest the pillows lost!

The Pillows Lost

My once shiny, fluffy poultry begin to resemble walking rags. An overabundance of eggs dwindles to just a few each day. Strange objects start to appear in the nest boxes – eggs with ridges, fragile shells or even no shells at all. It’s like a chicken-zombie apocalypse!




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