Young chicken losing feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bubbles22, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. bubbles22

    bubbles22 New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Jul 24, 2016
    Hi! I have a light brahma pullet who is about 3.5 months old now. In the coop over the last week or 2 I have been noticing a lot of her feathers fallen out, far more than she's ever lost before. However, I don't see any bare spots on her body at all. From what I've read, she should be too young to molt, right? She's not even laying eggs yet, and still on grower feed which should have a lot of protein.

    Is this something I should I should be concerned about? If so, what should I do about it?

    Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

    5,362
    364
    263
    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    Chicks drop feathers and grow new ones as they get bigger. Sometimes it is subtle, other times more noticeable. Double check to make sure she doesn't have any bare patches or someone else pulling feathers out but most likely it is normal. Keep up the high protein feed too. :)
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,658
    7,877
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    12-13 weeks is prime time for juvenile molt, probably the last one of several.....it's perfectly normal.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by