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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by pdbantam, Sep 10, 2011.
Does he need vitamins, wormer...?
Who's scruffy looking?
Just wait till molting time------now that's scruffy looking.
Ignore all the beautiful pictures you see posted of peoples chickens. It's a little like boudoir photos, only the best get used.
Pretty jap bantam. Are they still on chick starter? What are you feeding them? It could just be he's getting his adult feathers...
I'm no expert, but I didn't see any scruffys in your pic.....
nothing is scruffy to me.
Quote:what is molting and what does it look like? is it like a dog shedding?
Chicks go through two juvenile molts before they get their adult feathers. They outgrow their baby feathers and have to replace them. At 3 months, he is probably going through his second and last juvenile molt. It is normal. He does not need anything except his regular feed.
Here are a couple of links that talk about molting. I think they have good information.
Mississippi State describes molting
Kansas State feather loss
Sometimes when they molt they look bare. Here is a speckled sussex from last year.
Most are not anywhere near this rough looking when they molt. Especially with the juvenile molts, if I did not see a lot of feathers laying around I would not even know they were molting.
Thanks y'all. I guess I'm just too impatient for him to be a beautiful adult
Come on, people! Admit that you love that innocent little face!
scruffy? nothing scruffy here, all looks normal to me