balding chicks, two weeks old

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stillbeachin, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    is balding normal, that chicks lose their fluff and then the feathers come in? mine have baldness along the neck and under the wings, also top of shoulder... please help!!!
     
  2. aseelforsale

    aseelforsale Chirping

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    It depends on the breed you have some hard feather birds it is normal
     
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  3. luv2greys

    luv2greys In the Brooder

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    I have a speckled sussex pullet that at about 4 weeks started displaying baldness on her head--but otherwise no problems. I started putting triple antibiotic ointment (without the pain reliever) on her head every couple of days and kept that up for a couple of weeks. Now at 3 months her feathers are growing in as they should be. Have no idea what caused it . So possibly worth a try?
     
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  4. witchawomn

    witchawomn In the Brooder

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    Mine are two weeks and they're all balding! Glad I'm not the only one...
     
  5. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    hi, thank you, they're australorps :)
     
  6. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    thank you! i just might try that. i will watch them carefully for another week and see if it gets red or irritated looking. then they'll be three weeks. do you mean something like the polysporin triple?
    thanks again for your reply, so much!
     
  7. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    hi, i called the breeder and he said as long as they look vigorous and healthy, not to worry... i did read up about a mini-molt which can occur around this time. i guess we'll just wait and see. i think i'd try some polysporin if it starts looking irritated... but under those hot lights, can't expect it not to look a little red?! where are yours balding? i will post a picture later today when i get another set of hands to hekp me.
    colette
     
  8. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    thank you, they're australorps... are they hard feathered?


    hi, i called the breeder and he said as long as they look vigorous and healthy, not to worry... i did read up about a mini-molt which can occur around this time. i guess we'll just wait and see. i think i'd try some polysporin if it starts looking irritated... but under those hot lights, can't expect it not to look a little red?! where are yours balding? i will post a picture later today when i get another set of hands to hekp me.
    colette
     
  9. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    thank you! i just might try that. i will watch them carefully for another week and see if it gets red or irritated looking. then they'll be three weeks. do you mean something like the polysporin triple?
    thanks again for your reply, so much!
     
  10. stillbeachin

    stillbeachin Chirping

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    here is the post from "the chicken chick":
    First Juvenile Molt

    There are actually two, juvenile or "mini molts" as I like to call them, before a chicken's first annual molt. The first mini molt begins at 6-8 days old and is complete by approximately 4 weeks when the chick's down is replaced by its first feathers.
     
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