I am trying to figure out if this is the chicks just losing their fir or if its from other chicks pecking at my chicks feathers. I have pictures at the bottom of the new chicks feathers.
I got a batch of chicks about 3 weeks ago. So they are about 3-5 weeks now. 2 Golden Sex links (no pecking that I've seen), 2 White plymouth rocks (no problems) and two barnyard bantams which occassionally peck my new young chicks. Just got another batch that's been with other chicks for day two now. The two concerned ones are my 1 D'Uccle bantam, 1 Frizzles bantam. The others new chicks were an americauna which I've seen peck at the frizzle feathers before along with a welsummer and barred plymouth rock. All just a few days old.
I have seen when i first introduce them the two older bantams (about 3-4 weeks old) peck the younger ones where they squeak loud but have not seen any feather pecking from them. So being new to raising chickens I don't know how much is normal shedding and growth versus pecking/cannibalism.
Any advice would be great. Loving the chickens already. They are in the upper layer of the coop in my garage currently.
Frizzle (Whitish light yellow brown)
A picture a few hours later.
Duccle (Grayish Blue) with the Frizzle.
The two older bantams. A Buff Brahma and the other one I'm not sure. Leaning towards a Australorp.
A Closer shot of the wings.
Edited by athunt - 4/1/16 at 11:10pm