Feathers Everywhere!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by singingchick, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. singingchick

    singingchick New Egg

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    Hi!

    We have 8 hens, all are about 24 weeks old.

    Lately, we've noticed that there are lots of feathers around the run. What's odd is that the chickens don't seem to be missing any feathers. They look great! I've checked for parasites...they have a dust bath and they are healthy. We do live in Texas so it is HOT here...they have a fan in their run. I've read that feather loss can be caused by stress...what are other indicators of this? They all get along great and have a ton of space to roam, so not sure? Should I be concerned?

    We also only have one hen that has begun to lay...aaarghh!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They are still going through some baby molts, so that's why there are feathers, they will replace feathers as they grow otherwise they would grow out of them.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep, juvenile molt, probably the last...they have 3-4 by around 6 months old.

    Some start laying earlier than others...are you sure they are not all laying?
    They don't all lay every single day....it'll be infrequent, if not rare, that you get an 8 egg day with 8 birds.
    You can check vents and pelvic points to better know which are laying and which one might not be.

    Vent:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
  4. singingchick

    singingchick New Egg

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    Thanks for the info! We have two Ameracaunas and are only getting blue eggs. I've also been out almost every time she's come out of the nest box.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Feathers from earlier molts generally consumed by birds themselves making feathers less evident. Younger birds have higher need for protein. Birds approaching maturity less inclined to consume the feathers.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I re-read your post....you only have one that IS laying......at first I read it as that you only had one that wasn't laying<DOH>
     
  7. singingchick

    singingchick New Egg

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    Oh..ok...didn't know they ate them...gross :)
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Feathers is one of the less 'gross' things a chicken will eat....haha!

    Be patient with the eggs coming...pretty soon you'll have more eggs than you know what to do with!
     

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