Feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nhorrin, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. nhorrin

    nhorrin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 chicks that are now 8 weeks old. I just noticed that the coop and run have a lot of feathers on the ground. Could this be a problem or is it perhaps some kind of molt? The days are getting shorter and the nights are cool here in Northern New England.

    Thanks!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens don't molt until their 2nd autumn so at 8 weeks it isn't that. Do you have any birds that are perhaps picking the others??
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Could you post some photos of your chicks? Chickens grow in 3 sets of feathers before they reach their adult plumage. During the time in which they are growing in new sets of feathers, they can often have bald patches on their skin and you will see a lot of feathers lying around. This replacing of young feathers and growing in of adult feathers is not generally considered a complete molt (chickens go through those when they are about a year of age), but it is still a type of molt.

    If it is not a simple replacing of feathers, then I would suspect that your chicks have mites, or you have a chick or two that are bullying the others. To check for mites/lice, look near the vent, under the wings, under the neck feathers, and near the tail for any small black moving specks (mites) or larger yellow blobs (lice). Observe your chicks for 30 minutes or so for any bullying and feather pulling.
     

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