Molting at only 14 weeks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rhaj, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. rhaj

    rhaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    304
    0
    109
    May 30, 2010
    NE'ern Connecticut
    Most of my pullets are 14 weeks old. I have been seeing some feathers around the run and I notice "Buttercup's" tail is very sparse. I have heard of molting and just figured that's what it was... only I looked up at what ages they molt and I read 18 months! Well, she is nowhere near that, so what is up?

    eta: she is some sort of red sexlink.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,497
    16
    246
    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I noticed as they get larger, they do shed their baby feathers a lot, not really molting, but just getting in their big girl feathers
     
  3. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    959
    4
    131
    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Juveniles go through several mini molts as they shed their "baby" feathers and grow in their adult plumage. Totally normal and nothing to worry about!
     
  4. rhaj

    rhaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    304
    0
    109
    May 30, 2010
    NE'ern Connecticut
    Oh, good! Thanks so much! [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by