White dandruff on floor coop

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  1. tinyfeet

    tinyfeet Chirping

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    I have two White Marans pullets. Once they became about 3-1/2 months I have noticed a white like dandruff on the coop floor. What is this and is this normal? I am new to Marans and feather legged/footed chickens. Thank you.
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    Photos of what you are seeing would be helpful.

    From your description, I will take a guess until I see otherwise, but likely what you are seeing is the shedding of Keratin. When chickens grow in new feathers, there are sheaths, that surround the new growth. As the feathers come on out, the sheath is shed and birds preen those off.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yeppers...prime time for a juvenile molt.
     
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Agreed with above. It looks like a dandruff explosion in the areas where my pullets hang out the most.
     
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  6. tinyfeet

    tinyfeet Chirping

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    I am not good at taking pictures. Hope you can see it in the attached. Thank you all for your assistance.
     

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  7. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Yup, your chickens are growing new feathers ;)
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

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    Your picture is just fine! Thank you for adding it.

    That is keratin from the new feather growth. Nothing to worry about, you will see your youngsters preen those out.
     
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