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1 chick developing feathers faster

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cafrhe, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. cafrhe

    cafrhe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 chicks that were hatched on Jan 16. They are a cross between a BR roo and Red Star hens. 4 were black and 4 were white. The black ones have nice barring on their feathers that are in. One chick has developed feathers much faster than the others. It has tail feathers, wing and shoulder feathers. The others have wing feathers. 1 other chick just got the start of shoulder feathers that I noticed today. Is it unusual for there to be such a difference? I have read that females may feather faster--if that was the case, I will be very grumpy with 7 boys and 1 girl LOL!!!

    Here is the fast chick and the next most developed. All the rest just have wing feathers and fuzz.

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    I just looked closely at all the chicks--the other blacks have maybe 2-3 little feathers at the shoulders. The whites have nothing.

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  2. FoxHead

    FoxHead Out Of The Brooder

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    I know with my Lavender Orpingtons, the hens feather much faster. Because I have eggs that hatch consistantly, I'm happy whenever I wake up and I see a little chick sprouted tail feathers!
     
  3. cafrhe

    cafrhe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking at the comb sizes, we think it is a good possibility that this is a girl...Hopefully not the only one lol! She is definitely still way ahead of the rest. Some look like their combs are bigger....we think at least 3 boys. Got nail polish, so will be marking them and see if we were right!

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