loosing feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cheapcheap_jeepjeep, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are dropping there baby feathers. Are they to do that? and abiout what age if so.
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    baby feathers? How old are they and how many are they loseing? I mean....are they going bald or are you just finding a feather here and there?
     
  3. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry should have explain that better. well it is just a few here and there but they seem to be all from the same chick my little silver hamburg. Then there is what I call baby fuzz that is all over sometimes from all of them 4 in total. [​IMG]
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Sounds to me this might be a normal thing. Just make sure she is eating and drinking...and her poo is "normal" Maybe a few vitamins in thier water.....keep us updated!
     
  5. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    The first real feathers start coming out in just a week or so after hatch; generally they push out with a little tuft of fluff stuck to the end of the feather. After several weeks, and depending on the breed, the "baby" feathers will start dropping out and larger ones grow in.
     
  6. Kirstyaa

    Kirstyaa Out Of The Brooder

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    my baby pecks her feathers a lot, is this normal? I tried to check if she has any bugs or anything but i couldnt see anything. shes about a week old.
     
  7. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    As chickens start growing, the new feathers come out covered in a clear sheath. This sheath splits open to reveal the fresh, new feather. This is a fairly itchy process, and the chicken will pick and preen at the sheaths to help remove them. This is normal, and will be how the feathers grow back in after every molt. Some individual birds seem to have a tougher time removing the sheaths than others. One of my hens has this trouble, and she loves to sit in my lap while I scratch her head and neck - she practically melts!
     
  8. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Ooops - I meant to add this...
    It would be highly unlikely for a 1 week old chick to have external parasites, unless it came from a place where it had close contact with adult birds, or if you house it with adults. If not, I wouldn't worry!
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  9. Kirstyaa

    Kirstyaa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thankyou, thats a perfect answer [​IMG]
     

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