What is normal feather loss?

ChksontheRun

Songster
9 Years
Mar 18, 2010
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1
109
Central Virginia
I have 15 ten week old chickens-- 13 pullets and 2 cockerels. In the last few day, I have been seeing increasing numbers of feathers in the pen. I dont mean one or two, we are talking hundreds. I see no signs of bald areas on the chickens, and sit next to the pen for 10-30 min a day and have not seen any picking. As I am new to chickens, I just want to make sure this is normal. They are all healthy, eating well, drinking well, and no sign of any abnormal poos, all solid brownish with occasional white. They are being fed grower pellets from S.S. and scratch with treats of watermelon, yogurt, lettuce or grass clippings. Also, no sign of mites that I can see.
 

CalebtheChicken

Songster
9 Years
Jun 5, 2010
1,107
5
141
Jeremiah, Ky.
They are molting, a natural process inwhich they "change clouths" and get some fresh feathers. Kinda like when a lizard or snake sheds its skin.
 

pgpoultry

Songster
10 Years
Oct 16, 2009
2,290
37
191
Wales
Yes, certainly sounds like moulting. They can look a scraggy mess with little quills and bald patches everywhere, but the feathers will soon re-grow.

Sandie
 

briteday

Songster
11 Years
Dec 16, 2008
1,192
40
206
Northern NV
Yes, perfectly normal. My latest chicks were hatched April 1, making htem about the same age as the OP's. And you would think there has been a pillow fight in the brooder coop! I figured out that they get a few sets of feathers before they finally get the adult coat. One year I clipped the wings of my chicks around 8 weeks old to prevent them from flying over a flimsy fence I had to give them their own space. By 4 months of age they were going over the fence again. When I checked the clipped wings they were all replaced with new feathers. Pillow fight!!!
 

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