Do chickens shed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GaDawg, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do chickens shed their feathers? My chicks are 12 wks old and there seems to be a lot of feathers in their pen. One day they were eating spaghetti and 2 of them ate a feather with it....lol
    Is this normal?

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  2. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
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    They don't shed, but they do mold. (Which is kinda the same thing as shedding, but with feathers!) [​IMG]
     
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    I believe they routinely loose feathers here and there. Or you could have a feather plucker [​IMG]
     
  4. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    they molt.. and loose feathers here and there... when they molt its like they get rid og alot of feathers and grow more new ones back [​IMG]
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They molt, but understandable how someone in western WA thinks they mold. Everything molds around here :p

    Just giving you a hard time!
     
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
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  7. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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  8. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, I'm going to go read up on molting.

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  9. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Not that I know dip about this subject, but it seems to me that twelve-week-old chickens would be too young to molt. (?)

    Is it possible that the young, inexperienced roosters are jumping on your young hens and pulling their feathers out? (?)
     
  10. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought that also, it's not a lot of feathers just a few from all of them and i see some in the yard here and there. I was more concerned that 2 of them swallowed a feather each....lol
     
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