Alas, my Buff Orpington cockerel is moulting and a sorry sight he looks too. He seems ashamed to show his face and spends almost all day inside the hen hut, refusing to come out and shepherd his 'girls' about as he usually does.
I managed to coax him out this afternoon when I took some scraps down for the hens and called them. He couldn't resist popping out to see what was on offer but he looked so sad.
I really wanted to tell him that in a couple of weeks, when he gets his new feathers, he will be a more magnificent sight than ever. He always seems a very proud chap who seems to sense just how beautiful he is. Alas not now. If you really want to make him feel ashamed of his looks, blow the picture up larger to see just how bad it is.