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Does anyone know when BA chicks lose their white feathers and fluff?

Mine are almost 5 weeks and they still have some white on their breasts and head...and some on their bottoms.

Thanks,

Lori hu


Edited by chikenlady - 5/15/08 at 2:27pm
Lori, wife to a patient and understanding husband, mom to 5 Black Aust., 8 Barred Rock, 3 cochins, 4 baby chickies, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 horses, and one 17 yr. old daughter!
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Lori, wife to a patient and understanding husband, mom to 5 Black Aust., 8 Barred Rock, 3 cochins, 4 baby chickies, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 horses, and one 17 yr. old daughter!
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post #2 of 13

Good Question! Mine are 3 weeks old and I'd like to know too!tongue

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post #3 of 13

They will moult several times before they change over to complete black at maturity.  I don't recall exactly when it happens but it will.

Jody

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post #4 of 13

Here are a couple of pics of my BA's at almost four months old, as you can see, they have lost they're white by this time.
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn318/farm_mom/HPIM0387jpg2.jpg
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn318/farm_mom/HPIM0369.jpg

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post #5 of 13
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Thank you for giving my a time frame and a picture of your BA's. They sure are beautiful birds! They were the first breed I decided to buy hatching eggs from.

Lori smile

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post #6 of 13

You're welcome. They're great birds. Very calm and friendly. Good layers too. Good luck with your birds! smile

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post #7 of 13

My girls are almost 3 months?  Anyway, they still have a tiny bit of white on a few of their wing feathers, but otherwise the white facial tufts have disappeared.  I hear after the 1st molt they will no longer have any white.  They are beautiful birds with the green sheen to their black.  And talk about friendly!  I can't wait until the begin to lay.
These pictures are of around 10-11 weeks of age, you can see a few small spots of white
[img][/img]http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii90/PortiaHank/IMGP4921.jpg
[img][/img]http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii90/PortiaHank/IMGP4793.jpg
And here's one at 9 weeks
[img][/img]http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii90/PortiaHank/IMGP4551.jpg
And the same chick at 8 weeks
[img][/img]http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii90/PortiaHank/IMGP4579.jpg
I'd get you a 12 week picture but it is nasty and rainy out right now so I doubt I could grab a pic without water on the camera lens.

Farmmom, your birds are gorgeous!


Edited by Portia - 5/16/08 at 10:18am
One very tolerant husband, a whole mess of free range hens of all sizes and colors, 4 roosters and 1 eastern wild turkey tom AND one greyhound, one beagle/Shepard & two little foster beagles
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One very tolerant husband, a whole mess of free range hens of all sizes and colors, 4 roosters and 1 eastern wild turkey tom AND one greyhound, one beagle/Shepard & two little foster beagles
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post #8 of 13

About when does the BA start laying?

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post #9 of 13

Good question. I've read several things about that, but would also like to know what others have experienced on time of lay for this breed

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post #10 of 13

Mine laid their first at 21 weeks. Thanks Portia! Actually, these are older pics, I no longer have these birds. Not that I had any problems with them, but we decided to switch gears and raise heritage breeds here. I have to warn you though, all of my BA's went broody. If you want to raise little ones, that may be be a desired quality (we enjoyed it) but if you don't, and want a steady supply of eggs, it may be an issue for you. We really enjoyed our BAs! smile

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