do chicks molt?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DCortez, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. DCortez

    DCortez Out Of The Brooder

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    First time with new chicks.

    Have some new chicks, a week or two old, and noticed a couple are starting to "molt". Can't see any lice or creepy crawly stuff on them.

    Feeding Purina Start and Grow, medicated, added chick grit, and keep a bowl of plain yogurt out for them.

    The heat lamp is on 24/7
     
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  2. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Are they just growing and still have bald spots because their feathering isn't covering them, or are they actually dropping stuff?
     
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    They transform from fluffy chick to feathered teen to beautiful adult. They do a mini molt at about 8 months but as little fluffy chicks no they do not molt.

    How old are the chicks? Could it be they are just getting the first feathers in?
     
  4. DCortez

    DCortez Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are a few pics of one chick, sorry about the poor quality.

    I think they were about a week old when I got them, I've had them for a week.


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  5. DCortez

    DCortez Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try to fix links or go to FAQ.
     
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  6. dandan111

    dandan111 Out Of The Brooder

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    What breed are those?
     
  7. DCortez

    DCortez Out Of The Brooder

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    Black Star or Comet (not sure what the difference is).
     
  8. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they'll do 3 or 4 molts until they get their adult feathers. Unlike when some adult birds molt, you tend not to see any bald patches on chicks as the newer feathers are pushing up and replacing the older ones as they grow.
     
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  9. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    Black star would be black and comet are reddish. In the third pic I am seeing the starts of the real feathers coming in. The patches on the back are harder to decipher. Is there any new little tiny feathers starting or is it just naked? Is anyone picking on anyone else?
     
  10. DCortez

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    Can't really see any new feathers forming on some of the bald spot, do see the shiny on the neck. Chicks seem to be getting along well, no pecking, and have plenty of space.

    As to the breed, I guess I have Black Star and Red Comet. Got some of each but couldn't remember if they called them stars or comets, but now know :)
     

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