Do chicks lose feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sovia, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    I have a flock of 11-week old chicks. Everything has gone great until this past week when I noticed a lot of feathers around the coop and run areas. I have been feeding Purina Sunfresh (available to them 24/7), all my produce scraps (excluding those that are toxic to them), and cooked egg yolks (my houseguests won't eat them so I feed them to the chicks). Could I be causing some type of deficiency in them by allowing them to have "treats" every day? Is it normal for chicks to lose feathers?

    Just to clarify, I am feeding Purina Start & Grow SunFresh!
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2008
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    They are just going through another molt. Chicks do this several times as they grow before getting their adult feathers. Some do it a little at a time and sometimes it will look someone poured out a feather pillow.

  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I have a 9-week old banty & 3 5-week old medium-sized chicks. I've noticed that the banty loses a lot more feathers than do the others, so just figured that it's normal.

    I can't imagine the pile o' feathers we're gonna have at molting time!
  4. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    Okay, I feel a little better now. I started to panic last night when I was reading a chicken book (yes, I am a novice - can you tell?[​IMG]) and it talked about mites or cannibalism. Yikes! Anyhow, thanks for your replies.

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