11 week-olds losing their feathers-Help please!

Carrie Lynn

Songster
9 Years
Aug 30, 2010
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5
154
S.E. Michigan
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.

Please advise, and thank you!
 

ChikeeMomma

Songster
10 Years
Mar 29, 2009
1,453
5
161
Mid Michigan
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.
 

Carrie Lynn

Songster
9 Years
Aug 30, 2010
832
5
154
S.E. Michigan
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.
 
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hokankai

Songster
9 Years
May 18, 2010
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SW WA
Chicks go through many mini molts until they reach their adult feathering. Maybe they're just upgrading?
 

mamabigbird

Songster
9 Years
Feb 11, 2010
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26
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Vancouver Island, B.C.,
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.
 

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