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Slower to develop feathers?

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We have three Easter Egger chicks that are approximately a week old.. I started noticing that two of the chicks have way more of their wing & tail feathers coming in, while the yellow EE is lagging behind. I haven't noticed much development since we got her. Is that normal? I could be totally overthinking this, but I figured I'd ask just to be safe, lol!

 

 

 

Kate

 

1 Husband, 1 Boy, 3 Kitties, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Delawares, & 3 Easter Eggers.

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Kate

 

1 Husband, 1 Boy, 3 Kitties, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Delawares, & 3 Easter Eggers.

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It may be lagging because it's actually a few days younger. Or it is different due to it being a different breed. Or it may be lagging in wing feather development because it is a cockerel. You will likely know by age six weeks if it develops a much pinker comb than the others.

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Same thing happened to one of my chicks. Now after a few weeks in, I'm thinking the reason is because I have a roo in my bunch!
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Oh no! I really hope it's not a roo. I was hoping that maybe there might be another reason. I guess time will tell. We just found out that our Welsummer is a roo, so we're going to have to re-home him. No roosters allowed in the suburbs!

Kate

 

1 Husband, 1 Boy, 3 Kitties, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Delawares, & 3 Easter Eggers.

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Kate

 

1 Husband, 1 Boy, 3 Kitties, 2 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Delawares, & 3 Easter Eggers.

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So...if I've got two chicks, same hatch, same breed ....it's possible the slower to feather is male.

These two are are only a week old, is it likely I've got a male and female here?
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Don't panic yet. It's only one indicator, and isn't true in all breeds. Watch the comb over the next several weeks. Males tend to develop theirs earlier and it will have a pinkish hue compared to the pullet's more pale yellowish. By six weeks, you will have a better idea.

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post

Don't panic yet. It's only one indicator, and isn't true in all breeds. Watch the comb over the next several weeks. Males tend to develop theirs earlier and it will have a pinkish hue compared to the pullet's more pale yellowish. By six weeks, you will have a better idea.

I wouldn't panic, I'd be thrilled smile.png

After I ordered sexed pullets we decided to have our aggressive roosters butchered. We are currently without a rooster and I miss the crowing. Those are Wheaten Marans and the roosters are gorgeous! All of the other baby chicks have feathered at roughly the same rate. If I could go back in time I would have ordered a male, but I didn't think of it when we picked up the chicks.
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