2 questions - feathers and temperature.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tbneff, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. tbneff

    tbneff New Egg

    Mar 27, 2009
    My first time on the forum. I just purchased 7 barred rock pullet chicks and it looks like some are a few days older than others. They are now a little over 3 weeks old. My first question is this: all the chicks pretty much have feathers all over their body except for one. She has feathers just on the edge of her wings and just little tiny tail feathers forming. She is eating well, drinking well and interacting with the others just fine. Her body is growing normally, her feet are getting as big as the others. She just doesn't have feathers. Is this something I should be concerned about? My second question is concerned with temperature. At first I had the chicks in a cardboard box in a room in our house. But the birds quickly got too big for that. So I built a bigger box to give them more room and this box has to stay in the basement (with a warming lamp on them). The basement is about 10-12 degrees cooler than the upstairs house. I was a little concerned that it might be too cool for them. This evening I put a thermometer in the box to see how warm it was and found that it was about 78 degrees. Is this too cool for 3 week old chicks? I read somewhere that the first week should be 90 deg and then 5 deg cooler every week after that.
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  2. triplebfarm

    triplebfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2009
    Sweetwater, Tennessee
    It may be a little too cool for them, but not by much.....what wattage bulb are you using?...the higher the wattage the higher the temp. will be.
  3. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    I've had a few chicks over the years that were just slow to feather. Usually they turned out to be my prettiest birds once they did.

    I think temp wise you're ok. If they're not huddled together chirping they're not too cold.
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    How do they act when they are awake? Do they move to the edge of the brooder, or squish together under the heat? Do they run around or are they sleepy looking? How do they sleep -- all spread around, piled together, or what?
  5. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Guthrie, OK
    Their behavior is a better indicator than the thermometer. I have a brooder that maxed out at 120 degrees under the bulb, but the chicks aren't hugging the edges, they make a ring around the bulb, but are not huddled, in other words - comfy.

    I think late to feather is also a sign of a possible roo. Like all clues though its not definitive.
  6. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    All my late feathers have been roos.

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