Half naked rooster chicks. HELP!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by myplumtee, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. myplumtee

    myplumtee Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! I am a new chicken mama and I don't know yet what is normal. I have eight 4 week old chicks. Two I can already tell are roosters, a buff orpington and a buff maran-mystery rooster mix. Both roos look terrible. They have lost a lot of their feathers and look awful almost like they are molting. I see no signs of them being attacked and bullied by the others but then again I am not with them 24/7. They are eating and such just like the others. Is it normal for them to look like that? The others are not losing feathers.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they have bald spots and are loosing feathers I don't think that's normal. They will look kind of ratty at that age because the new feathers are still coming in, so they might have areas that have lots of spikey pinfeathers and not much fluff, but shouldn't be naked.
    Make sure your feed has enough protein, your chicks aren't too hot or overcrowded or bored - all reasons for featherpicking. Give them a roost, a dustbath, some greens to peck at and sprinkle some treats (mealworms, cracked oats, small seeds etc... in their bedding to give them something other to do then focus on each other. Good Luck!
     
  3. myplumtee

    myplumtee Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for your reply. It is very helpful. They are already starting to look better overnight as if by magic. lol Now two more roos are looking bad and I can tell that the first two that I had concern about are going to be beautiful. Unfortunately, I will have to rehome all of the roos. (City ordinance :( )

    I have taken steps to curtail boredom. Being new to chickens I hadn't thought about chickens getting bored.

    Again Thank You.
     
  4. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're very welcome! I am glad they already look better!
     

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