Is it normal for young cockerals to be missing feathers on the back?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JDB99, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. JDB99

    JDB99 Just Hatched

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    I have a young cockerals who is missing feathers on his back. He is supposed to be about 12 weeks old.[​IMG]
     
  2. Poultry parent

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    either something is wrong or he is just molting (at about 12 weeks a chicken will molt and then grow in their adult feathers)
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That looks like more than a juvenile molt.
    I'd look closely for mites/lice.
    Are the other birds maybe picking the feathers?
    What are you feeding?
     
  4. JDB99

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    I just got them yesterday. I have them separated and dusted them with pemythrin dust. I think it was getting picked on at his last home. I'm currently giving it grower/starter. When I looked at it a few minutes ago I could see a noticeable growth in feathers
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Oh, then give it some time.
     

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