My chickens are losing their feathers.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1chickeepie, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. 1chickeepie

    1chickeepie New Egg

    Apr 15, 2011
    My chicks seem to be maturing well, although they have some weird habits, like digging in the dirt and nesting there instead of in their boxes, even though I've put wooden eggs in there so that they will know where to lay the eggs. And they roll around in the dirt too. They are an all white wyandotte, not sure if that makes a difference. When I go to feed them, they rush me, but they usually still have food. Anyways, they are losing their feathers. I'm a little worried. There are no predators getting into where they do their living, but they still are losing feathers, what does all this mean? Are my chickens normal?
  2. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    How old are they? They molt naturally. I have some molting less than 6 months, others haven't even at 16 months.
  3. lulumammato2

    lulumammato2 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    How old are they, do you just see a bunch of feathers around?My girls did the feaher thing about a month and a half ago it seemed like for a few days there were tons of feathers in the coop but it turned out they were just molting, they were 3 1/2 to 4 months old once they were thru with the molt there's been a big decrease in feathers. As far as the dirt they like to dust bathe.
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    They do have a "teenage" molt. Sometimes it's really obvious, sometimes you just notice a lot of feathers lying around.

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