**Losing feathers....**

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tripp16, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Ok so I went out to my big girls mansion ([​IMG]) to collect the eggs when I find to my surprise alot of flight feathers and tail feathers looked to be pulled out and just sitting below roosts. Now I know none of my girls are molting but I did check my white Ameracuana (Cindy) and found that she had lost a few tail feathers. [​IMG]

    I dont think that its anything to do with the pecking order because my barred rock (Henrietta) is missing a few flight feathers (she is like second in the pecking order). While Cindy is second to last on the pecking order. [​IMG] I dont know do you think something could be pulling them out at night when their roosting? Their house is closed in.... [​IMG]

    Any thoughts on what it might be?? [​IMG]
     
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I raised 9 roosters, not by choice....and this year I have 16 pullets and 3 roos....I have more feathers than I can believe now!

    They are everywhere...I posed this question also...no real answers. So I think pullets may lose them more often?

    None of mine fight, so that can be my only answer...they all look great, full feathers, beautiful...so there you go!

    [​IMG]
     
  3. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:A lot of people are experiencing this right now, has your egg count dropped?
     
  4. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have feather loss but mine aren't laying yet. I did find a link somewhere and I think that mine are in a juvenile molt. They are 14 weeks old right now. No mites/bugs/anything to be seen and everyone is happy, eating and "honking" away! LOL
     
  5. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did just find this and I hope this helps......

    First moult –
    when down is replaced by the first juvenile plumage occurring at 6-8 days and ending at 4 weeks.
    Second moult –
    when the first juvenile plumage is replaced by the second juvenile plumage. This occurs over a number of weeks starting between 7 and 12 weeks of age.
    Third moult –
    occurs in the hen at 16 to 18 months. This is the 'moult' of most importance for producers.
     
  6. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL - Sorry when you said you went to check for eggs I thought they were already laying and not in the pullet age range.
     
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ah, this explains why I have so many feathers....mine are at 17-20 weeks old....no eggs yet.
     
  8. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, most helpful info.

    Dave
     
  9. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Thanks everyone for your replys!! I think that must be what mine are going through and no they havent started laying yet.... [​IMG]
     
  10. effie

    effie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mine are the same age and there are feathers everywhere!!!! [​IMG] my girls faces are starting to get red--hopefully eggs soon!!
     

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