Do chickens molt at around 13/ 14 weeks??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Half-a-dozen, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    finding lots of feathers under the roost.... [​IMG] they are about 13/ 14 weeks old now....
     
  2. Ese_N_Gracie

    Ese_N_Gracie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will keep getting in larger feathers as they grow, losing the smaller....but I don't know if thats considered a molt...they are so cute when the feathers are small....I tried to save some but they kept getting lost and swept up!
     
  3. coltsrox

    coltsrox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i need to know to my 12 week old babies(almost 13) are shedding feathers everywhere!!!! its crazy is this normal?
     
  4. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    under the roost of my 14 and 15 week old delawares there are feathers everywhere. I believe it is normal because none of them are bald they are just getting bigger feathers.
     
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    It is normal. As chicks grow they will molt several times. Some will do a few feathers at a time and at other times they will have naked patches.

    They should do a final molt into adult feathers at 4-7 months old, depending on the breed. Then they do the regular yearly molting that all adult chickens do.

    Matt
     
  6. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok well I guess it is normal or common at least if others are experiencing the pile of feathers under the roost! Thanks.... [​IMG]
     

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