Molting doesn’t look good on any of the chickens, but it especially doesn’t looks good on Gilda. Girl is looking haggard.

Bottom pic is what she usually looks like….

It’s Mattioli Monday in Archives and Special Collections! This is one of my favorite pages of Mount Holyoke’s 1565 edition because at some point these chickens inspired a reader to sketch his/her own chicken in the margin. (And don’t miss those itty bitty baby chicks at the bottom of the page.) -Leslie

From: Petri Andreæ Matthioli Senensis medici, Commentarii in sex libros Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De medica materia. Venetiis: Ex Officina Valgrisiana, 1565.


Check out the awesomely long tails on these roosters! These regal specimens are Onagadori or “Long-tailed” chickens. They’re a breed of chicken from the Kōchi Prefecture of Japan who evolved from common domestic chickens who mated with Green Junglefowl. Also known as the ‘most honorable fowl’ in Japan, they’ve been carefully bred over the centuries to achieve their spectacular tails, which grow to lengths of 12 to 27 feet. It takes these chickens at least three years to molt. Onagadori breeders take tremendous pride in their chickens and provide special hutches with perches well above the ground, which helps keep their tails clean and in good condition.

If Rapunzel had been a chicken, she probably would’ve looked a lot like one of these awesome birds. These extraordinarily fancy fowl have Special Natural Monument status in Japan, which means they’re considered to be living monuments of Japanese culture and, as a protected breed, it’s illegal to take their eggs out of the country.

[via Lost At E Minor and Wikipedia]


This is what happens when you summon your chickens and record it in slow-mo.