Chicken Feathers falling out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Willow's Meadow, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    I have 17 chickens and when I went in the run a couple weeks ago I noticed a small part of the run was covered in feathers!!!! Not wing or tail the feathers under their wings(the real small and soft, fluffy ones).....not sure what they are called. But they were all over the ground. All the chickens seem healthy and happy. My run is HUGE so they are not crammed. I have never seen them pull feathers out of each other.....but when the "preen" themselves they pull out 1 or 2 small fluffy feathers near there butt lol. Why do they do this? Is this normal/ok? I'm new to chickens so I am not sure if what they are doing is just "chicken stuff" or bad. They are a little over 2 months old and are Brahmas and Buff Orphingtons.
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    They're working on getting their juvenile plumage. This is normal. Just keep an eye to make sure no one is picking and they'll be fine.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I too have feathers everywhere, but I think I am going into molt with my older birds. They are about 14 months old. That is what I thought you were going to talk about, but then I saw how young your birds were. I also have a 11 three week old chicks. so maybe there will be feathers from them too.

    I am feeding 20% protien to everyone, with shells available.

  4. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    Quote:What is juvenile plumage? They have all there feathers. Are they going to grow new ones....or more??? lol sorry for my dumb questions!

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