- Jun 8, 2011
Sorry if this is posted in the wrong spot . I am a newbie. I have 5 Barred rocks 15 weeks today and one Austrlorpe maybe 7 -8 weks long story. My PBR's are shedding feathers like crazy, most look like immature baby feathers but then some are big tail feathers. No baldness all are happy. But the coop looks like world war 3 went on, feathers everywhere. Is this normal ??This is my first adventure with chickens, and I am totally in LOVE ! with my girls. They still look great, still have fluffy bottoms but is this a molt or just shedding of immature feathers ? Thius has been going on for weeks now. I clean my coop daily so I know how many are being shed. I'm doing a holy crap here. Am I doing something wrong? They have a 8' X8' coop and a huge fenced in area to forage in the day.They love to forage. They are eating grower with veggie treats at nite to get them in. I'm terrified to leave them out of locked coop at nite too many preds. here. They are all trained to come in at nite. Willingly. Should I be worried about feather loss ? Is their diet not balanced ? Any advice greatly appreciated.