3 week olds losing feathers

bird-brain

Chirping
7 Years
May 26, 2012
129
3
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North GA
Hi all, many of you have read my other thread, I have had sick chicks for about a week. Now I am noticing feathers, not down but actual feathers, on their brooder floor. They were 3 weeks +/- old this past Wednesday according to their breeder.

They are currently on chick starter, electrolyte/vitamin water and probiotics. The tetracycline therapy has ended. They get some meal worms and foraging block as treats from time to time. Their overall condition has improved and I know they have been very stressed with the illness just not sure if that can make feathers fall out this young. They dont have bald spots, just feathers on the floor. Have no clue which chicks or how many are losing them.

Any ideas? Thanks!
 
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Erica

Songster
9 Years
Dec 5, 2010
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Hi bird-brain,
it may be that they're undergoing a normal molt. Chicks do this during several stages until they reach maturity. At that time you'd probably see fistfuls of feathers in the roost area.

I haven't read your original thread, so forgive me if I'm blundering in here.

cheers
Erica
 

bird-brain

Chirping
7 Years
May 26, 2012
129
3
83
North GA
Oh my, I did not realize they could molt at 3 weeks old. My parrots don't molt until six months or older. Lol
 

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