I have 12 chicks that are 4.5 weeks old, and a few older kids, and all are feathering out and growing like they should, except my two bantam light brahmas. my bantam buff brahmas are feathered out, but these two light babies barely got their wing feathers at 3 weeks. In fact, they had NO feathers until almost 3 weeks. Their backs still show no sign of feathering out.
I've raised chicks every spring for 6 years and am just confused. I've never seen this. I'm not especially worried because it is two of the same breed, so perhaps it is a breed thing and they are happy and healthy, but is this normal?
They are straight run and I thought I read somewhere brahma roosters can feather out slowly, but this seems a little extreme.
Can you pick out my featherless baby in the middle of the flock?
Left is my light brahma with no feathers, right is one of the buff brahmas, all feathered out...
The two buff brahmas with one of the light brahmas