Mangy Looking Baby Chicks. Lice? Mites? Help Please!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by scooter8, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. scooter8

    scooter8 Hatching

    Jan 10, 2014
    Hello, recently purchased one week old black copper marans and one 2 week old black copper marans. Recently, I have noticed that they have become quite mangy looking. They are loosing some feathers and the feather they do have, have quite a grainy texture to them. Is this normal? The older one is now about 4 weeks and the younger one is around 3. The younger one isn't looking as bad, but it's not in as good condition as when I got them. When do baby chicks start getting adult feathers? I just really hope it's not lice or mites, and I'm fairly sure it's not because I checked and I cannot see any eggs or movement at the base of the feather. I am housing them in a cage, in a large coop with all my older 12-14 week chickens.
    Hope I can get some answers. Take a look at the pictures I attatched.


  2. farnorth

    farnorth Songster

    Jul 6, 2013
    Upper Michigan
    they look normal to me. they go through a stage while feathering out where they look pretty rough.
  3. Brie6895

    Brie6895 Songster

    May 13, 2013
    Magnolia Springs, AL
    This is complete normal they're just getting their feathers in :)
    That one looks Like it may be a rooster. Most of them will feather in slowly which might be why it is worse than the younger one.

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