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8 Week Old Chicks Losing Feathers

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We have 7 hens of various breeds.  Over the last week or so we've found about 3 to 6 feathers per day in the run and the coop.  The feathers are broken off at the base.  So far the chicks show no signs of large bald patches or obvious irritation.  We have also not noticed any consistent aggressive behavior (beyond the normal establishment of the pecking order).  Is this rate of feather loss typical for flock of 7 eight week old birds?

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Sounds like it could be the adolescent molt.

As they grow they molt various times just not like the annual one that usually start their second autumn.

If feathers become brittle and break easily, it could also indicate a deficiency in animal protein. I like to give growing birds more protein than the 18% that is in most grower rations(and further diminished by treats and scratch). I use higher protein feeds based on fish and pork meal and meat/fish scraps.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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i find my 7 week chicks feathers all the time in my coop.i think they just out grow them smile.png
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Thanks for the answers.  We'll up their protein a bit and relax! smile.png

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