Feathers around coop, yard

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WagarFamilyFarm, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. WagarFamilyFarm

    WagarFamilyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,
    We've got a flock of 26, what seem to be, healthy chickens. They are eating well, drinking well, and nothing seems to be amiss. But there are feathers everywhere: in the coop, under the coop, and all around the yard where they are fenced. Is a certain amount of feather loss normal?
    Thanks!
    Farm Mama
     
  2. Chickenfiend

    Chickenfiend Out Of The Brooder

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    My guess is that your chickens are molting. I actually havent raised chickens yet but i have had many other and they had the same problem. It is normal but lets see what others think also.
     
  3. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    We only have 3 chickens and I find feathers here, there & everywhere! Mine are not molting, I think it's probably normal feather loss (in the case of my birds anyway!) Probably nothing to worry about.
     
  4. Chicken_Lover4567

    Chicken_Lover4567 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First of all chickenfiend [​IMG] . I think the feather loss is completely normal. My neighbor has turkeys that lose feathers like this, and they certainly aren't molting. I can't speak for my chickens...they're only 5 weeks old! [​IMG]
     
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    it IS around molting season [​IMG]
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Yeah it seems like I am always raking or just picking, so the feathers dont blow into the neighbors yard.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Moults tend to run at different times of the year depending on the chicken. I have a few girls moulting. A couple look like porcupines and it's quite obvious. Others don't look visibly different, but if you pull their plumage back, you can see the new shafts developing underneath. The slow moulters drop a feather here and there and you may not even notice they went through a complete moult that year, except to notice random feathers around the coop and yard.

    Jody
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I also have a few birds and this is totally normal we find feathers all the time, even when they are not molting, just sit and watch them for a few minutes and they will get excited over something make some noise and then a feather is in the air. not to worry.

    AL
     
  9. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    I am experiencing the same exact thing! I have 21 hens and 1 rooster that are all between 19 and 23 weeks. I have had feathers all around also, but they seem happy and content.......they are all well feed and watered and a few are even laying now.
     

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