If your finding feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pattee, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the coop and run does that mean they are molting? No feathers missing one any of the girls... And if they are molting does that mean they will lay eggs soon? [​IMG]

    I'm keeping all the feathers... Just like I kept my son's baby teeth.
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they sometimes lose feathers naturally. If they're pecking at each other or molting then you'll really notice feathers lying around.
     
  3. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get feathers every so often, but I just figured it was the smaller ones coming out as the new bigger ones come in....kind of like our hair, well sorta
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    If a hard molt in adult hens, they will stop laying for a few months...
     
  5. GRAM49

    GRAM49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am finding lots of soft downey feathers (15 weeks old) in the cormer of the pen where they spend most of the day lounging around. They are not pecking themselves or each other, but I am concerned too about the feather loss. I hope it is normal.
     
  6. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always find feathers around. They dont go anywhere, so they will just accumulate.
     
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The chicks will go through 3 moults in their first year.
    The first is down to real feathers.
    The next is to "teenaged" feathers which might be what you're seeing now...
    and the last one is when they'll get their adult coloured feathers.
     

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