5 week old chick losing feathers

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 4ee2buff, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. 4ee2buff

    4ee2buff Out Of The Brooder

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    May 18, 2010
    Vermont
    Perhaps I am being an alarmist, however it appears one of my chicks is losing some feathers. at first it was a few tiny feathers but this morning I found 2 large feathers, I believe the feathers are from one chick (Sassy). we have 6 chicks total, the pecking order has started and Sassy, the smallest, will likely be on the bottom of the pecking order.

    Is it normal for a 5 week old chick to lose feathers?
     
  2. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    They are re-feathering all the time at that age, until they get their adult plumage. It's just part of the growth process. I wouldn't worry unless you see other signs of disease or aggression. You can pick up your chick and see if she's bleeding or is getting torn up. Some people use a red heat lamp, at that age, to stop chick's from pecking each other. They can't see as well, in red light. I used it and my chicks pecked each other very little.
     
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