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11-day old chick missing feathers under wing

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We just got 4 chicks yesterday. Two black australorps and two golden laced wyandottes. One of my wyandottes, who is the smallest in the bunch, has a bald spot under her right wing. I haven't seen any pecking, and when she stands it is not noticeable. I only see it when she is laying down.

This is our first time raising chicks. I will try to share a picture if I can snap one.
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How old are these chicks? If they're just day-olds, the down may be thinner on some than others. It's not a concern. But look closely to make sure they don't have mites, especially if you got them from a private breeder.

 

If the chicks are a few weeks old, they're feathering out and losing the down. The areas under the wings are sparsely covered in down and feathers anyway, and some chicks lose their down earlier than others. If you look very, very hard, you may see tiny pin feathers beginning to emerge. If not, the feathers are sure to be coming in soon.

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post

How old are these chicks? If they're just day-olds, the down may be thinner on some than others. It's not a concern. But look closely to make sure they don't have mites, especially if you got them from a private breeder.

If the chicks are a few weeks old, they're feathering out and losing the down. The areas under the wings are sparsely covered in down and feathers anyway, and some chicks lose their down earlier than others. If you look very, very hard, you may see tiny pin feathers beginning to emerge. If not, the feathers are sure to be coming in soon.

They are 11 days old.
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Oh! And I unintentionally posted this topic in two different threads - I didn't realize that my first post was waiting for moderator approval when I submitted the second one. I posted pictures of the chick in the other post of the same topic.
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