He's kinda scruffy looking. Is that normal for his age (3 mo.)?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by pdbantam, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. pdbantam

    pdbantam Songster

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    Does he need vitamins, wormer...?
     
  2. darkmatter

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    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.
     
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Pretty jap bantam. Are they still on chick starter? What are you feeding them? It could just be he's getting his adult feathers...
     
  4. kaybats

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    I'm no expert, but I didn't see any scruffys in your pic.....[​IMG]
     
  5. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Songster

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    nothing is scruffy to me.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. Chick15

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    Quote:what is molting and what does it look like? is it like a dog shedding?
     
  7. Ridgerunner

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    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
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_feathers.html

    Kansas State feather loss
    http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/mf2308.pdf

    Sometimes when they molt they look bare. Here is a speckled sussex from last year.

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    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.
     
  8. pdbantam

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    Thanks y'all. I guess I'm just too impatient for him to be a beautiful adult [​IMG]
     
  9. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Crowing

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    Come on, people! Admit that you love that innocent little face! [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickenGirl165

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    scruffy? nothing scruffy here, all looks normal to me
     

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