3 week old chick has no booty feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kristenm1975, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    She looks totally healthy and her rear end doesn't look like its been pecked at, but she has a total absence of down or feathers on her butt. Her vent is exposed and the bump above it where her tail should be is also devoid of feathers.

    She's in a large grow-out brooder with 12 other chicks her age give a week either way. They have 24 square feet and are only 3 or four weeks old, plus most are light breeds so the space requirements are more than adequate (unless I'm doing my math wrong, which isn't impossible).

    They have a red heat lamp on them day and night with average temps fluctuating from 85-100 (depending on this wacky weather we in Seattle are having). I've just put in a lamp with a 100 watt bulb in for daytime, so the heat should be lower now.

    They have medicated chick starter with grit added, scratch thrown to them in small portions every few days. They have regular fresh water. The brooder is well-ventilated. Am I missing anything here, or should I be doing something else? Ought I to cover her bum with Blue-Kote to protect it from any possible pecking? Feedback appreciated!! This particular chick is my prized and much loved Partridge Penedesenca, so I REALLY want to make sure she thrives.

    Thank you!

    Here's a pic I took of her today which sort of shows the missing feathers. Also, she appears a bit small to me.

  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    I think she will outgrow that and when she starts to get her teenage feathers, maybe fluff will cure her buff.
  3. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Hope so! [​IMG]
  4. Jacobnlynn

    Jacobnlynn Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    I'm guess she probably got a turd buildup right there.. a lot of chicks get that with the best care. Then the turd finally pulled away (other chicks pecked at it because it was odd probably) and pulled the downy away with it. It'll grow back.

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