3 week old chick won't feather?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by in town chicken farmer, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. in town chicken farmer

    in town chicken farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    i bought some chicks from murdoch's out of the ass. bantim bin and one of them only has 2 toes and two feathers on each wing. they are not very good looking feathers. all of the others are growing as to be exspected. what is up w/his developement is he always going to be small w/no feathers? i mean its been 3 weeks whats up???
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like you have a chick with genetic defects. Some here would say, cull. Others would say, look at quality of life, whether it appears to be suffering. It would likely require separation from the flock to prosper, if it can, since chickens will attack a defective flock mate. Your choice.
     
  3. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want photos! >.> there was this thing I heard about featherless chickens in the past on the tv. People put sweaters on them lol.
     
  4. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

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    i will take them
     
  5. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    [​IMG] welcome to BYC [​IMG] that is horrible! with 2 toes??? [​IMG]
     
  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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    Quote:Who ever said they were giving it away? [​IMG]



    So it is like you have a big fluffy chick?
     
  7. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That fluff spreads pretty thin when the flesh grows under it. Maybe do a combover with those 4 feathers? Some of that spray on hair for vain old men?
     
  8. in town chicken farmer

    in town chicken farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    He does not have a poor quality of life he seems to be very happy and healthy. no one picks on him.he is quite the crazy chick when i change the shavings he likes to role and dust himself all the other chicks look at him like hes crazy. he is very smart he sees an ant and eats it the others are like what is that hes like lets eat it! he is a survivor. [​IMG]
     
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  9. in town chicken farmer

    in town chicken farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] i hope this worked
     
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  10. melody123

    melody123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Google chickens with no feathers.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2000003.stm

    Apparentely there are chickens with no feathers. They were bred for hot climates where they didn't want ot waste nutrients growing feathers.

    If your little guy/gal dosen't grow any feathers, then you will have to protect him from the cold. You will also have a great conversation chicken.[​IMG]
     

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