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Please help! Why so many feathers in the coop?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lauren1, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Lauren1

    Lauren1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chicken keeping so really need some help! I went to clean out the coop this morning and realised there was a LOT of loose feathers, I always see the odd few but there was a substantial amount this morning! What does this mean? Thanks guys.
     
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somebody is probably molting. It's that time of year.
     
  3. Lauren1

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    Do they molt even when they are young? Iv had them a few weeks
     
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  5. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They go through mini molts to get their adult plumage.
     
  6. Lauren1

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    Great, thank you! I'm glad it's nothing to worry about! :)
     
  7. Lauren1

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    Would this effect laying? :/
     
  8. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? Yes, molting will stop them from laying. Feeding a high protein diet will help them through it.
     
  9. Lauren1

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    I bought them at point of lay 2 months ago, all have been laying regularly but a few have suddenly stopped :/
     
  10. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, from here on out they will molt every year and not lay while molting. There are certain feeds that are meant to help the process along.
     

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