molting

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mastiffs07, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. mastiffs07

    mastiffs07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this molting? My silkie is 12 weeks old. Isn't she too young?
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Looks like pin feathers, and feathers growing in? Chicks do go through several molts as they grow, nice article on molting from the The Poultry Site.
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/217/moulting-a-natural-process
    "The chick goes through one complete and three partial moults during its growth to point of lay, after which the mature bird normally undergoes one complete moult a year, usually in autumn although this depends on the time of the year at which the bird commenced laying. Generally complete moulting occurs from 1-6 weeks and partial moulting at 7-9 weeks, 12-16 weeks and 20-22 weeks, and during this latter moult the stiff tail feathers are grown."
     
  3. mastiffs07

    mastiffs07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I thought the other chicken was pecking her. They are my first chickens
     

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