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post #11 of 16

It's not just the silkies that don't look quite right, your buffs should be more feathered in by 4 weeks. What is the protein content of your feed?

post #12 of 16
x2. Neither breed looks right. They should be mostly feathered in at this point.
I think the Manna Pro chick starter is, like, 18% protein or something like that? Which should be fine.

How hot are you keeping them? Too much heat can slow feather growth.
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post #13 of 16
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75 degrees. The buffs are a week younger.
post #14 of 16

Are they always huddled in a group like in the picture? Do you have them under a heat lamp with a thermometer at chick level? 75* seems too cool for their amount of feathering.

post #15 of 16
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No. They seem ok with the temp.
post #16 of 16
Hmm, I have no idea then. Maybe its just the genetics of that particular breeders lines.

I get the occasional tiny chick that stays tiny. I have one in my coop now. She is about 6 months old now and half the size of a couple of cockerels I kept back that are 2 months younger! She was hatched by a broody, and her mom is still mothering her (its pretty darn cute). She's active and healthy as can be, just very, very small. I actually had 3 chicks in that hatch, and they were all small/seemed behind, I only kept the one, so I'm not sure if the other 2 ever caught up or not.


Anyway, just rambling. If yours seem healthy, I wouldn't worry too much about them. Just keep an eye on them smile.png
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