Losing lots of downy feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kristyw, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. kristyw

    kristyw Just Hatched

    Hi everyone,
    My 12-13 week old light sussex chicks seem to he losing quite a lot of soft/downy feathers at the moment. I have noticed quite a lot in the coop. Is this normal?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    There are several "mini molts" that a bird goes through in the first year or so of life - so it is quite possible, and very likely, that is what is happening with your flock. That being said, it is always best to assess the whole situation and eliminate other potential causes just to be sure - have you checked the birds and coop for external parasites such as lice or mites? Are you noting any bare areas on the birds themselves where the feathers are coming from - if so, what part(s) of the birds are bare, what does the exposed skin look like, etc?
     
  3. kristyw

    kristyw Just Hatched

    No the chicks still look fully feathered and healthy with no visible parasites. If it is a molt is there anything I should he doing to help them through? I've read that it can be quite draining and stressful for them. Is this the case at this age or is that more likely to happen when they are of laying age?
     
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Typically, the young birds consume most of the shed body feathers. For some reason they are not, or for now not able to keep up with the shedding. What are you feeding them?
     
  5. kristyw

    kristyw Just Hatched

    I am feeding them the complete chick starter mix from the local stockfeeder and they occasionally get watermelon, fruit and vegetable scraps and scrach mix with shell grit
     
  6. kristyw

    kristyw Just Hatched

    Here is a pic of my 3 girls and the feathers that have collected in the coop[​IMG]
     
  7. kristyw

    kristyw Just Hatched

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  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks like they cannot reach the feathers to eat them.
     

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