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11 week old silkie chick

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I'm not sure if this is normal with silkie chicks or not but one of my three silkie chicks has like a plastic encasement on her head feathers. The other two chicks have feathered heads and have for a while. Will she eventually have a fluffy head? Does anyone know why the ones she has seem to be wrapped in a plastic like substance?

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If you could post a picture that would be great! I am fairly sure thats normal and its just the feathers growing in, it also might be a sign of a male if its feathering in slowly!

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One of the chicks is definitely a rooster and his head is feathered. I took them to the vet and had them vent sexed and we are pretty sure the white one is female. She has no signs of wattles at all. I guess only time will tell. But the plastic like feathers are just weird.
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Its just the feathers growing in, no need to worry ^^

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Any idea how long until they look like normal feathers?
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Originally Posted by SouthernBelles View Post

Any idea how long until they look like normal feathers?

The feathers will never look "Normal" so to say since its a silkie, but Roo's grow feathers a slower than hens, but for silkies, my girls began looking full feathered at about 8 months. Or at least there were no more little plastic feather pieces left XD

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Yes I was wondering how long until its "silkie normal". They are only about 11 weeks so I guess I have a ways to go. Patience is not my strong suit with these guys.
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