11 week-olds losing their feathers-Help please!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Carrie Lynn, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

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    I have two 11 wk-old BR chicks.
    They started to lose their long feathers, one at a time starting about 10 days ago.
    Now it's as though they are molting, their losing lots of their short feathers daily.
    Their tales are disappearing, tell me this isn't a prelude to roo tails coming in. [​IMG]
    Please advise, and thank you!
     
  2. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
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    Are they losing them or are others pulling out the feathers. If they are losing them, I have no idea why. If they are picking/pulling each others feathers out then make sure they all have plenty of space. Overcrowding can cause feather picking.
     
  3. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

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    No, they are together in a wire dog crate. The small feathers seem to come out a lot as they preen. Nothing unusual in their preening habits either. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  4. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Mid Michigan
    Hmm....If you don't suspect that feather picking is possible then I don't know. [​IMG] Hope someone else can help you soon!
     
  5. hokankai

    hokankai Songster

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    Chicks go through many mini molts until they reach their adult feathering. Maybe they're just upgrading?
     
  6. mamabigbird

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    I believe they're losing their baby feathers and will soon sprout their big girl feathers.
    Mine did the same thing at about the same age.
    My grow-out pen looked like a plucking pen by the time they moved in with the big hens.
    You may notice their combs starting to get more color too.
     
  7. lroth217

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