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Sliver lace polish 11 weeks old

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by beckym1619, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. beckym1619

    beckym1619 In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2016
    I am new to chickens. I have 4 sliver laced polish and one is a roo as he crows. Not sure about the others. My question is more on molting? Seems there are feathers in the coop mostly small ones and one of the chicks has feathers on his head that are just pin feathers. Is this that they are losing their chick feathers and getting their regular feathers?
    Also I am feeding them chick feed only and they do eat some greens. I live up north and getting cold out so... should I start them on some scratch and grits too?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community. What you are describing sounds like molting but you refer to them as chicks. How old are they? Most chickens don't molt til their second autum but older first autumn chicks may experience a light molt. See below for a link that talks about the molt: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/what-happens-when-chickens-molt
    I terms of feeding...sounds like what you are doing is fine regarding their feed but some folks in colder climates toss out a little scratch to supplement in the winter. Please check out the Learning Center here https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    It is chock full of valuable intel for the new chicken keeper. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Redsox gave you great advice, so I'll just say hi! :frow
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! At 11 weeks your birds could be having one of their mini molts until there full adult feathers come through. It's nothing to worry about but can be quite alarming to see feathers in the coop. Redsoxs has left you some great links to check out, I'm sure you will find them very helpful.
    Good luck with your polish in the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    At 11 weeks, they definitely could be having a juvenile minimolt. As long as they're growing pin feathers in, I would worry about it.

    Chickens don't "need" any sort of scratch, and if they have access to dirt they shouldn't need grit either. You can feed scratch as a treat if you want, but be sure not to let it exceed 10% of the diet.
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. beckym1619

    beckym1619 In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2016
    Thankyou for all the information! Love this site

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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