chickens similar to shedding dogs?

Podnick

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 22, 2011
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Do some breeds of chickens shed more then others? I know from experience this is true with dogs: my australian cattle dog shed a ton, my terrier not so much.
The reason I'm asking is I have four 3 month old girls. The Dominique is shedding much more then the Speckled Sussex, Americauna or the Buff Orpington. I am not observing any behavior like over preening, or aggression from the other girls. But nine of ten feathers I find in the coop are hers.
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
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They're probably just growing faster. That or they have a serious lice infestation. But it is most likely that they're just growing faster.
 

Podnick

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 22, 2011
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7
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San Francisco
Thanks for the reply.
They have all had different growth spurts. Currently the Dominique is the smallest of the four. I don't see any mites... and wouldn't they all have them if even one did?
 

Illia

Crazy for Colors
10 Years
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Eventually, yes. If you're that worried you oughta look closely. They'll be small, whitish yellow, and can be found near the vent, under the wings, and/or on the neck. Look on the skin, not the feathers.


But, I'm sure it's just growth rate.
 

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