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Juvenile Molt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Alethea, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

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    How long does juvenile molt last? How much feather loss is there? Our thirteen-week-old barred rock chicks seem to be molting for a long time. They're healthy; eat, drink, poop, act healthy and happy. They don't seem itchy or distressed. We don't see anything which looks like mites or lice. Are they ok?
     

  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    When they are younger like your birds are, they can go through several molts for their first few months. After they reach a year old then it is pretty much a once a year thing.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    They completely replace feathers twice before 1st adult set starts to come in. Process appears almost continous as feather replacements geared to keep pace with increase in body size.
     
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  4. Alethea

    Alethea Songster

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    Thank you both. All is well.
     

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