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My Cochin Is Molting. A Few Concern Questions.

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I know I keep posting a lot of forums but who else to turn to then chicken experts! My chick is molting and the feathers on each side of her chest looks like spikes, is that normal? Also she's not as hyper as she was three days ago she's laying down a lot. She still eats, drinks, chirps, and poop but I'm still worried. Is this normal molting behavior?
post #2 of 5

Those 'spi8kes' are the blood feathers that are growing in to replace the molted feathers.  They will eventually shed their sheathing and appear as feathers.

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post #3 of 5

I'm very curious as to the age of your "chick". To be molting to the extent there are numerous pin feathers would tend to indicate the "chick" is no longer a chick.

 

Granted there may be a juvenile molt, maybe more than one, before a chick reaches adulthood, but I've never see obvious pin feathers in large areas outside of adult molt. But my experience and observations may be more limited than others.

 

Enlighten me, please.

post #4 of 5

I've seen pin feathers on chicks...... they are not as large/long as when adults grow new feathers, can often be more hidden than on a bird in a full adult molt, and I think the sheathing sheds more easily than and adults pin feathers..... probably most apparent in the first feather growth.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 5
The spicks are the feather shaft's eich haven't open out yet and it is usual for them to be tied during there molt as it used a lot of effort to grow new feathers
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