Loose feathers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrkep, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. mrkep

    mrkep Songster

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    Hi folks, my flock of Buckeyes are 12 weeks old ( 24 of them) , have been in their coop/run for 5 weeks and there are loose feathers laying around the run and coop. The feathers are all large, like wing or tail size, No one looks bald or picked on and I haven't seen any aggressive behaviour. I have seen a bird with a feather(wing) sticking out then next day it isn't sticking out anymore. So is a normal shedding type thing or do I have a secret aggressor?The roos haven't fully shown themselves yet so I don't want to cull until I'm sure who is who. I think I will have 6-7 roos, the rest ladies. Any insight please?
    mrkep
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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  3. mrkep

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    Great information, ridgerunner, thank you.
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  4. nittanyxi

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    mine are the same age (21 of them) and they are doing the same thing.

    Anyone know how long after the juvie molt will they start laying?
     

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