Araucana chick with very scraggly feathers

Clucky-Cathy

In the Brooder
May 9, 2019
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Hi everyone,

Hope you're all staying safe and staying home. We have two 7 week old araucana chicks which we hatched from eggs, one is feathering very well and the other looks rather scraggly (see photos below). Does anyone know why this might be? Also any ideas on whether they might be hens or roosters? :jumpy

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ChickNanny13

Crossing the Road
6 Years
Jun 23, 2013
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2x @MLG1900 Yours being a Araucana but have you heard of the "Silkied Ameraucana"?

It's NOT a breed that was bred for it's silky feathering but a mutated gene that appeared years ago. Some have been breeding for this trait, although it's been a very long and difficult project. There's a FB site and the original post that brought this mutated gene to our attention was on this site, search "What's Wrong with their Feathers" ...
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