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chickens similar to shedding dogs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Podnick, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Podnick

    Podnick Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  2. Illia

    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.
     
  3. Podnick

    Podnick Out Of The Brooder

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    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?
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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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. [​IMG]
     

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