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molting or mites?

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My 8 week old chicken is now showing a white color on their feathers roots.  Is it molting or mites?

 

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Birds go through a series of "mini-molts" as they grow from fuzzy chicks to fully feathered birds -and that is what appears to be going on with the bird shown.  That said, a close inspection will help you to determine whether there are any mites or lice present.

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Thanks!!!  When do I start the dust?  I am a new chicken owner so I am learned as I go :)  they are 8 weeks old

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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Young chickens go through several feather changes on their way to adult plumage. New feathers come in covered in a waxy shaft. This looks white. It breaks down as the feather emerges.

 

This thread shows a good picture in the second post and explains it. 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/543549/crested-polish-about-covers-around-bottom-of-crest-feathers

 

It's hard to tell exactly from your image, but it may be just new feathers coming in. 

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