Chicks loosing feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beb444, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I might sound like to stupidest person ever but I'm curious so here goes: my chicks are about a month and a half now and I've found about 10 feathers around their cage over the last couple of weeks. Is it just like shedding or is someone getting picked on?
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that young, someone is getting picked on.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They will also go through multiple mini molts as they grow, otherwise they would grow out of their feathers. I would certainly observe them to see if they are feather picking, they need plenty of room to move and exercise as they grow, a cage sounds small, so make sure they aren't bored or crowded.
     
  4. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's actually not that small, it's probably about 5 feet in length give or take. But none of them look like they're at a loss for feathers so I don't think they're getting picked on, but I'll add their hanging treat in tomorrow so they'll have more entertainment.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Probably just losing some baby feathers than.
     

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