Do 12-week old pullets moult?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by neptune1939, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. neptune1939

    neptune1939 Hatching

    May 23, 2009
    I have 5-BR's that will be 13-weeks old on Wednesday. They reside in an Eglo Cube with a 6' run. They are fed quality crumbles for chicks. I clean the Cube daily & recently noticed a lot of small feathers about an inch long with an occassional large one and what looks like dandruff that blows out with the wind when I open the cube for cleaning. The feathers look to be too big to be pin feathers. All five appear healthy and greet me every morning when I let them out.

    This is my first time in raising chickiens and wonder is this normal or should I worry about the babies?
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Chickens go through many moults during their first 6 month or so. This sounds perfectly normal. Just keep an eye that no one is picking feathers.
  3. Chickens constantly molt feathers and grow new ones. Soon you should notice your pullets have curvy tail feathers that may make you wonder if these are roos. But shortly before laying age these will molt out and they will grow their regulay hen tail feathers.

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