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What age do Chicks get their wing feathers?

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I use to have 2 pet chickens (they where barred rocks)  when I was a little girl and always wanted some more.  Now that we are in our own country house with 2 acre of land I felt now was a good time to get a few pet chickens.
We picked up two little chicks, a RIR and a Ancona.  They are all fuzzy except for their wings and their little tail feathers.   I was wondering if anyone could tell me how old they are?   They where sexed as females by looking at the wing feathers

They sleep indoors for now. I actually wrap them up in a blanket at bedtime and they stay snuggled in there all night.  They follow me around the yard when I take them out for 'play and scratch" time.   If I do have to leave them unattended outside for a second I put them under a laundry basket to keep them out of trouble.     I never leave them alone more then 5 min under the basket. 

It may be silly but I make momma hen sounds to get them to come near me when they wander a little far..  They don't tend to ander though seem pretty content scratching and pecking around in the grass as long as I am near them.

I feed them Starter Feed

I have a photo of them but I don't know how to post it on here

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Edited by ms.cluckling - 4/18/11 at 12:23pm
2 parakeets (budgies), A white leghorn roo, cuckoo marans hen, silver laced/blue cochin hen, ee hen.
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2 parakeets (budgies), A white leghorn roo, cuckoo marans hen, silver laced/blue cochin hen, ee hen.
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post #3 of 14

they start getting their wing feathers pretty fast, mine are 9 days and the females have 3 rows of wing feathers on them already plus little tails.

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welcome-byc
You have to post a few more times (I think you have to have at least ten posts) before you can post a picture.  I know that my chicks started getting wing feathers only a couple of days after they hatched.  The tail feathers took a little longer.  Hard to tell how old they are from your description.  How old were you told they were when you got them?


Edited by dsqard - 4/18/11 at 12:25pm

Turkey Hatchalong!

 

Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings.

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Turkey Hatchalong!

 

Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings.

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post #5 of 14

I started noticing little wing feathers when mine were 2 days old.  they come in pretty fast.
When did you purchase them?  Most places sell them when they are 1 day old.  You can also look at the comb to try to determine age.

2 parakeets (budgies), A white leghorn roo, cuckoo marans hen, silver laced/blue cochin hen, ee hen.
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2 parakeets (budgies), A white leghorn roo, cuckoo marans hen, silver laced/blue cochin hen, ee hen.
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I just got them Saturday at a trade show that featured all kinds of pets from lizards to dogs....   I was too excited about picking out my chicks I didn't even think to ask how old they where until I had gotten them home and set up in the baby bin.

I am keeping them in a large tub (oversized plastic tote kind)    I have shavings for the bedding and a stick in there if they feel like roosting.    I have a ceramic heater on the top that I turn on at night for them.  Its pretty warm here in the day (Florida) so I don't leave the heater on in the day time.

I don't think Im allowed to post pictures because Im a NOOB...

Maybe this link will work..?

http://s192.photobucket.com/albums/z175/figg2112/?action=view&current=chicks.jpg

post #7 of 14

Cute!  Yours look a little older than mine who are maybe a week old, bought from the co-op.

Make some misc posts like I am doing, and we won't be noobs for long!

post #8 of 14

They look like around three weeks old.

Turkey Hatchalong!

 

Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings.

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Turkey Hatchalong!

 

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Originally Posted by dsqard 

They look like around three weeks old.


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post #10 of 14

So cute, and helpful too! My Golden Comets were brought home on Tuesday night from Tractor Supply and we have some wing feathers but no tail feathers. I had been wondering about the age of mine as well. Seeing yours, mine are much less developed so probably only a day or two when I got mine.

I love the picture, they are sweet looking! big_smile

2010-2011 "Tully" my Aracuanna, "Sunny" my Golden Comet, "Tank" our Khaki Campbell Drake RIP

Proud Mama to a Rhode Island Red "RED", Mallard Duck "DUCKIE",  2 Golden Comets "Haley and Izzy,", an unknown breed hen "HOBO", Beautiful Pekin Duck "Perry", a Boston Terrier "BAILEY",  a Boxer "JUNO", 3 ornery cats "Katniss, FLAPJACK, and LUCY-FURR", and a parrot fish "HONEY".

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2010-2011 "Tully" my Aracuanna, "Sunny" my Golden Comet, "Tank" our Khaki Campbell Drake RIP

Proud Mama to a Rhode Island Red "RED", Mallard Duck "DUCKIE",  2 Golden Comets "Haley and Izzy,", an unknown breed hen "HOBO", Beautiful Pekin Duck "Perry", a Boston Terrier "BAILEY",  a Boxer "JUNO", 3 ornery cats "Katniss, FLAPJACK, and LUCY-FURR", and a parrot fish "HONEY".

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