appearance at almost 4 weeks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by musikfan6, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. musikfan6

    musikfan6 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2012
    Lititz, PA
    Good morning, everyone.

    I have a quick question: How would you describe the look of your RIR chicks at about 4 weeks old? Mine have at least doubled their size and they appear to be healthy and they also act that way. However, I don't think their feathers look really great. Most of the fuzz is gone, but the feathers that they do have are not "smooth". They just look overall "skimpish and unhealthy". Is this because of the stage that they are at? My BR's have much nicer looking feathers - much smoother and shinier. I just want to make sure that my little ladies are healthy. Like I said, they act very healthy. Whenever I go to feed them, they go crazy, running around and jumping up, trying to fly out of the brooder, chirping and squawking and making a fuss. Some of them are very selfish, wanting to have my hand full of feed all to themselves! What a trip!
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Sounds like they are healthy and still growing their feathers out.
    As long as their chick starter is available 24/7 as well as fresh water, they'll be fine.
    If they sit -not really moving - puffed up, I would worry.
    Good luck with your babies!

  3. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    Mine went through an ugly phase only a parent could love when about 4 weeks old too. Takes about a week. As long as they are acting healthy all is good.

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