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7 week chicks losing feathers!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dermerchickens, May 2, 2014.

  1. dermerchickens

    dermerchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 (almost 8) week old chicks. I see feathers in the yard and coop, I was wondering what this is, is it normal or is something wrong with my chickens? They look normal, but I see feathers in the yard and coop.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They will lose and grow feathers like crazy while they are young. All is well.
     
  3. dermerchickens

    dermerchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks! I may just collect some for a keepsake..
     
  4. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good question, thanks for posting this.

    My chicks are the same age and I see the occasional feather in their bedding and was wondering if someone was sick and/or getting picked on. They all seem happy and healthy though so I hadn't gotten around to asking.
     
  5. Gayleyy

    Gayleyy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did this too, and they all came out just fine! I think it is like a first molt, but not a full scale molt. I saved some of their feathers too! It is a big milestone! They are getting big! [​IMG]
     
  6. dermerchickens

    dermerchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay! :D

    Thanks everyone!
     
  7. rc4u

    rc4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have not had any chicks lose feathers so young but im sure if they look good its not a problem...after 4 weeks I do give poultry conditioner small pellets for treats...jeff
     
  8. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered the same thing about losing feathers, your comment makes sense, first molt but not full scale molt. thank you
     
  9. estamets

    estamets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are working on their juvenile feathers right now, and I've been wondering when I can expect their first set of grown up feathers. Is 7-8 weeks the right time for that?
     
  10. cjpines

    cjpines Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new at this feather thing. My chickens are 16 wks and started losing feathers about 12 weeks. It's not a full molt, they still look great. I just think as long as they are healthy and not losing in certain spots it's probably just teenager puberty.
     

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