Do 10 week-old chicks moult?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Carrie Lynn, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I notice small feathers in the bedding of my 10 week-old chicks.
    I'm wondering if this a light moult or is the bossy bantam leghorn going after them?
    I've seen her do this as she has been establishing the pecking order.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They wouldn't mold that early, most likely it's the pecking!
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:my thoughts exactly, find out who the offenders are and isolate them.
     
  4. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 10 weeks and I've been finding handfuls of feathers in the coop the last week or so. I posted this on another forum and lots of people said the chicks go through a few stages where they swap out adult plumage.
     
  5. maggiemooscluckers

    maggiemooscluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I don't know about your chicken situation but I also have 11 week old chicks and I don't have them with any other chickens and they always have small feathers under the roost. I'm sure that it isn't a pecking situation since the feathers are of all different colors and they are all of the same age. I've not noticed any "pecking" going on. I just decided that they are pulling them out when they preen themselves. They are all fully feathered and don't seem to be missing any feathers.
     
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That would be my guess too. Unless you're seeing a lot of aggresion or actual bare spots I think they're just "swapping feathers."
     
  7. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I think they are swapping out also.
    Thanks for your posts.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That would be my guess too. Unless you're seeing a lot of aggresion or actual bare spots I think they're just "swapping feathers."

    Yep
     

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