10 wk old columbian wyandotte not growing white feathers....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cabot, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. cabot

    cabot Songster

    This 10 week old columbian wyandotte has been very late to feather and it appears that anywhere white feathers should be, there is just grey down. The black feathers are fine. This chick is as big as the others of the same hatch date, eats well , is not picked on and if anything is a bit of a bully. He/she does not seem ill in any way, just strange looking. Was bought as a pullet from MPC.

    do you think the feathers will come in?
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010
  2. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    That seems very odd and I'm not sure what is wrong. It could be bad genetics or something....to me it looks like the down is trying to grow into feathers [​IMG]
  3. WilczenskiFarm

    WilczenskiFarm Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Pembroke, MA
    so weird... can't wait for someone who knows all .....[​IMG]
  4. chicnfarmer

    chicnfarmer Songster

    May 21, 2010
    that is weird. I'm no expert but my first thought was that maybe there was a silky in her family tree? ...or maybe the same kind of fluffy-feather mutation that was selected for in silkies? Keep us posted on her development.
  5. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    I think maybe you should make a new thread in the "Breeds, Genetics, & Showing" thread, and ask if this might have been caused through a mutated gene [​IMG]
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    As stated before, I had two that failed to grow feathers by 5 weeks. I know one was quite small when she arrived, but that one has now feathered in totally at 9 weeks. The other one looks like yours, with maybe more feathers on the head. Her back & sides have long gray down. She is just as big as the others. I have no idea what's up, but I think it has to be genetic,as all 15 others are OK. I got mine at Meyer and I think people say MPC gets theirs from Meyer also. Maybe they are from the same place. Would love to hear expert opinions.
  7. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Songster

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    I'd like to revive this thread. My 10wk old columbian wyandotte from MPC has the same dark coloring and has been VERY slow to feather. Any idea what's up, folks???

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