White flecks on chicken's back

GrandmaKatnip

Chirping
5 Years
May 19, 2016
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Minnesota
This past week I have noticed white flecks on the backs of most of my chickens. I don't know what mites would look like, but has anyone experienced this? 3-4 flecks per chicken. They won't let me pet them to see if it rubs off. Thanks for the help. They are about 12 weeks old.
 

theoldchick

The Chicken Whisperer
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May 11, 2010
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Could be mites or could be normal feather flaking. Catch one and get a close look. If the white speck is moving it's most likely a mite.
 

chickcrack

Songster
May 27, 2016
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At 12 weeks my guess would be that they are molting their "baby feathers" and growing adult ones. The feather casings shed as the feather grows and it sort of looks like dandruff. My 13 week olds are in full molt now and there's feathers everywhere in the coop! Mites I have seen are brown/black and lice is kind of brown/orange and you usually need to separate feathers to find them on the skin.
 

GrandmaKatnip

Chirping
5 Years
May 19, 2016
33
9
79
Minnesota
Thank you! Whew! Yes, I have feathers all over the coop, too! So glad to know that it is to be expected. As a new Chicken Mom, I have SO many questions!
 

jazz whittier

Hatching
May 2, 2021
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At 12 weeks my guess would be that they are molting their "baby feathers" and growing adult ones. The feather casings shed as the feather grows and it sort of looks like dandruff. My 13 week olds are in full molt now and there's feathers everywhere in the coop! Mites I have seen are brown/black and lice is kind of brown/orange and you usually need to separate feathers to find them on the skin.
 

jazz whittier

Hatching
May 2, 2021
2
0
1
Our chicks are only 3 weeks old and they are getting the white flecks on the top of their feathers like dandruff. Their tail feathers and wing feathers are just coming in. Do you still think it is the feather casings being released as new feathers come in?
 

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