3 WEEK OLD RIPPING OFF ITS OWN BABY FUZZ

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by new2feathers, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. new2feathers

    new2feathers New Egg

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    I have a 2-3 week old chick. It's starting to grow its grown up feathers and already has a decent amount of grown up wings and tail feathers. However, I noticed that it has been nipping and cutting off little tiny peices of its baby fuzz from everywhere and specially from underneath it's wings, like in this picture for example. I've never had chicks before so I was wondering if this is normal, like maybe it's just trying to "prune" it's baby fur to make room for it's grown up feathers? I really don't know, but it does it quite frequently, about every few minutes or so.
     
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  2. emkawa

    emkawa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave my 2 week old chicks some sand and they are rolling in it and basically sanding the fuzzies off and new feathers are coming in. It seems like they are "teething" but it's feather growth.
     
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  3. The Chickadee

    The Chickadee Just Hatched

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    Yes, this is pretty normal. I have 5 chicks of my own that are starting to grow feathers, and they have been preening like crazy! It is probably pretty itchy to lose all that fluff, so preening comes as a natural impulse.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They do a lot of preening......and the down, or baby fuzz, also falls out naturally as those new feathers come in.
    That fuzz will cling to every surface all over your house along with the sheathing preened off the new feathers growing in.
    Why I brood outside after one week.
     
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