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

darkmatter

Songster
10 Years
Jul 10, 2009
2,173
56
239
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.
 

stoopid

Chicken Fairy Godmother
8 Years
Aug 3, 2011
4,830
53
249
Long Island, NY
Pretty jap bantam. Are they still on chick starter? What are you feeding them? It could just be he's getting his adult feathers...
 

Chick15

Songster
8 Years
Apr 21, 2011
505
2
123
Quote:what is molting and what does it look like? is it like a dog shedding?
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
11 Years
Feb 2, 2009
25,240
14,564
727
Southeast Louisiana
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.



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.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom