feathers everywhere

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sharol, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. sharol

    sharol Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    My 9 week olds are shedding small feathers everywhere. The coop is littered with them and the run has feathers stuck in the wires. They aren't looking shabby or anything, there are just lots of small feathers. Is this the normal dropping of baby feathers? Somehow I had the idea that it wouldn't be for a few more weeks.

    I have started letting them free range in the yard for 45 minutes to an hour at a time a couple of times a day. They are flying in short bursts and feathers seem to be in the air at that time too. I'm really new at this, and I want to be sure there isn't something I should be doing differently. Most of the feathers are white so they are coming from my Delawares or the one EE (she's all white), but there are some brown feathers, too.

    reassurance anyone?
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes it's normal. They lose a lot of feathers as they get their adult feathering.
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    My adult birds are starting to molt and when I went into one of the coops the other day, I was sure something had gotten in and eaten one.....

    There were feathers everywhere!!!! But everyone was alive and accounted for, some of them alot lighter than they were the day before. [​IMG]
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    It's called a juvenile molt. Chicks will grow three different sets of feathers before they mature. The first is as they feather out, usually finished about 4 to 5 weekls old. A few weeks later they molt and grow new feathers to match their growing body. Then they do it again a little before they reach "maturity" size, say 12 to 14 weeks old. Perfectly natural.
  5. sharol

    sharol Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Admire, KS
    Thanks every one. I thought it was probably normal, but I'm just an overprotective mom.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I'm so glad to know this too!!! Feathers are flying in my chicken yard too!!!


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