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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    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.
     
  3. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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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]
     
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  4. ChikeeMomma

    ChikeeMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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