All those feathers!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by maggiemooscluckers, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. I have 9 week old slow broilers and they are growing well. My only concern right now is that there are feathers all aver the pen. The chickens still look fine but I was wondering if the loss of feathers was a natural thing. They are eating VERY WELL, still pretty active and except for the feathers laying all around, they look good. Has anyone else lost feathers with their broilers?
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    They are probably molting. I have feathers all over the place for different reasons, we are processing today
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I don't know . . . do you think 9 week olds would be molting? it sounds unusual to me, at 9 weeks my broilers are really just completing their hard feather aquisition.
  4. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    i dunno, she did say slow broiler, maybe they are a little behind "schedule"?

    otherwise, i'm at a loss. [​IMG]
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    They could be a bit early and moulting from baby feather to juvenile feathers.
  6. These feathers are full fledged adult feathers, not just little fuzzies. I didn't think that nine week old chickens would be molting since they just got these big feathers. I guess it won't matter too much since they will be featherless in the freezer in about 3 weeks anyway. Might save me from having to pluck so many feathers.
  7. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I don't know . . . I would see it as perhaps an indicator of something bigger. I agree that it is odd for 9 week olds to be shedding new feathers, I've never had it happen.
  8. TNBarnQueen

    TNBarnQueen Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    East Tennessee
    All my chickens are molting at ages 2 yrs. to 4 mo. If it had not been for the wind storm yesterday I was going to have to rake the yard! I feel the weather..hence Mother Nature..sometimes does not always prepare them for seasonal change at the same time. Weather has become varied over the last several these changes can be early if early winter approaches. I raise horses and their coats started "fluffing" 3 weeks ago and we are still in 70+ temps. So chances are we will have a quick launch into winter. I watch signs from nature in decisions of when I need to do some things on our farm. Hope this helps! good thing to watch are Writing Spiders...they appear around 6 - 7 weeks before your first frost. I have watched them here for 5 years without failing to say....Wow. {:)

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