Feathers around the coop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by labhaven, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. labhaven

    labhaven Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 10 chickens that are about 13 weeks old now. They all get along well. I see the occasional chest bumping but never any pecking at each other. I keep finding what I would consider a lot of feathers around the coop. None of the chickens seem disheveled like they are getting picked on or are missing clumps of feathers. Do chickens normally shed feathers as part of their preening? Or do I have an aggressive chicken that is plucking at the other's feathers when I'm not there to witness it? They are getting plenty of fresh air and time outdoors. Their feed is of the appropriate protein level and they get plenty of fresh water. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.
     
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Some may be molting... when mine are molting, I get soooo many feathers, big and small, scattered about the yard, in the coop, anywhere.
     
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At thirteen weeks they are still growing, and will go through, if I remember right, 3 molts before they are 6 months old. At any rate, they are a constant "featherfest" while they are young! I wouldn't worry about it if you are not actually seeing any pecking or blood drawn. They may eat a few feathers here and there, if they eat them constantly you need to up the protein.
     
  4. labhaven

    labhaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! This is my first time with chickens since I was a teenager working on a farm. I'm relearning everything day by day!
     

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