4 weeks old - gaps in feathers on neck?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jose21, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Jose21

    Jose21 Out Of The Brooder

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    My four week olds seem to be feathering out well - though I am not entirely sure what they should look like at this stage. When they stretch their necks up there seems to be lines of bald patches either side of their necks. Is this normal?
    Will try to upload photos - but the technology seems to be defeating me - not sure if network down or iphone misbehaving!
     
  2. Jose21

    Jose21 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are the photos - 4 weeks old and growing quickly (note destruction of the feeder in the background - they do insist on jumping in it!)
    Including one picture taken during their warm afternoons outside - to show size.

    Is the neck normal? In fact - do they look normal to other people who know chickens!!

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  3. chicksntexas

    chicksntexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine looks exactly the same! lol Nicely feathering with patches of fuzz and and skin showing through! I have 1 3 week and 3 2 week old...kinda scroungy looking [​IMG]
     
  4. chicksntexas

    chicksntexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm calling it their dinosaur phase! [​IMG]
     
  5. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine look the same now, also at 4 weeks, kinda ratty on the neck and head.
    I have the same feeder and mine also use it as a perch. I taped one layer of
    duct tape over each tab to make it snug, does a good job.
     
  6. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I called it the transition phase or bad haircut phase they just look so funny [​IMG] it does get better
     
  7. lebentier

    lebentier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they look great, and perfectly normal.
     

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