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Can too much nutrition cause a chick's feathers to grow outward

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One of my Light Brahma chicks has wry neck, so I've been treating her with vitamins, since wry neck is usually a Vitamin E deficiency. I noticed that she was growing feathers faster than the others, and so I assumed it was because she was getting more nutrition than the rest of the chicks. But, today, I saw that a couple of her feathers were sticking outwards, away from the body. There were a few mild ones on her shoulders, and a really noticeable one on her wing. Is it because of all the vitamins she's getting? They are about three and a half weeks old. 

2 Barred Rocks, 4 White Leghorns, 6 Light Brahmas, and 3 Partridge Rocks

"There are two types of (people) in this world;
those who want to be astronauts,
and those who want to be astronomers."


- Dr. Alan Grant, Jurassic Park III
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2 Barred Rocks, 4 White Leghorns, 6 Light Brahmas, and 3 Partridge Rocks

"There are two types of (people) in this world;
those who want to be astronauts,
and those who want to be astronomers."


- Dr. Alan Grant, Jurassic Park III
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I'll be interested to see what people say because my 18 week old Australorp just had a feather come in sticking straight out.

The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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The girls:

Easter Eggers-Coconut, Gold n' Plump, Stir Fry

Australorps-Curry, Minnie, Kung Poa, Blossom

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Feathers contain protein and are more easily grown when laying. The feathers will open as the chick develops. So i don't think it is because of access protein.

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