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molting or mites?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bufforphy, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. bufforphy

    bufforphy New Egg

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    My 8 week old chicken is now showing a white color on their feathers roots. Is it molting or mites?

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Birds go through a series of "mini-molts" as they grow from fuzzy chicks to fully feathered birds -and that is what appears to be going on with the bird shown. That said, a close inspection will help you to determine whether there are any mites or lice present.
     
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  3. bufforphy

    bufforphy New Egg

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    Thanks!!! When do I start the dust? I am a new chicken owner so I am learned as I go :) they are 8 weeks old
     
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Very glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Young chickens go through several feather changes on their way to adult plumage. New feathers come in covered in a waxy shaft. This looks white. It breaks down as the feather emerges.

    This thread shows a good picture in the second post and explains it.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-about-covers-around-bottom-of-crest-feathers

    It's hard to tell exactly from your image, but it may be just new feathers coming in.
     

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