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When are they fully feathered?

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when is a chicken normally fully feathered.  I figure some breeds mature slower but your average say sex link?  Mine are at about 4 weeks and seem to be almost done but, I am wondering if the end of the feathering process lingures on. That and when is it safe for sure for them to handel a bit of cold say low 40-45?

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By eight weeks I think you can consider them fully feathered.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #3 of 8

But don't some chickens feather in faster when necessary? I know I've seen people post on here about how their outside broody raised chicks feathered in faster than their heat-lamp human raised chicks, so I don't think it's a hard, fast, certain age.

Mine are 4 weeks and pretty feathered, but still getting their head feathers. What do they actually *look* like when "fully feathered" is what I want to know since I don't have any adult chickens to compare to.

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post #4 of 8

Tala.

New to this chicken thing.

I wondered about the fully feathered question and have decided that the first time I look at my BSL's and think "That looks like a real chicken" instead of "That almost looks like a real chicken", .......... they will be fully feathered.

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Originally Posted by Tala 

But don't some chickens feather in faster when necessary? I know I've seen people post on here about how their outside broody raised chicks feathered in faster than their heat-lamp human raised chicks, so I don't think it's a hard, fast, certain age.

Mine are 4 weeks and pretty feathered, but still getting their head feathers. What do they actually *look* like when "fully feathered" is what I want to know since I don't have any adult chickens to compare to.


Yes, that's why I said 8 weeks.  Some folks will keep their chicks under the heat lamp for that long.  I took the heat lamp away at 5 1/2 weeks.  You be the judge as to whether or not they were feathered out - my dark brahma chicks at 5 weeks old:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/gritsar/darkhr1.jpg

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #6 of 8
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so for a dumby like me it means at 8 weeks they are basicly small chickens not large chicks haha

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so for a dumby like me it means at 8 weeks they are basicly small chickens not large chicks haha


Yep, you got it.  By eight weeks most look like minature versions of adults.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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I'm on my 2nd batch of 5 and call them "middle schoolers" at 3-5 weeks.  I was hoping to get them out earlier then the first 5 that went out to the coop around 7-8 weeks, but I think I'm gonna have to wait the first girls will be so much bigger and it's starting to get colder around here. 

Off to refresh about transition them to coop with other chickens. 
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Modern pioneer woman; Great man - 3 kids- 2 Westies - 8 chickens; 3 PBR, 2 SLW, 1 EE, 2 Ameraucanas. My home nest will begin to be empty soon, so I started another nest--I got some chickens to fill it; what an awesome adventure!

 

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Modern pioneer woman; Great man - 3 kids- 2 Westies - 8 chickens; 3 PBR, 2 SLW, 1 EE, 2 Ameraucanas. My home nest will begin to be empty soon, so I started another nest--I got some chickens to fill it; what an awesome adventure!

 

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