Are Cochins Slow to Feather In? (pic)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LaLoomis, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

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    I got 5 cochins in my last batch of 30 chicks. All the other chicks are fully feathered but the cochins are bare on their backs. Most of the chick fluff has also rubbed off so they look pretty grizzly. They are five and half weeks old. Is this a problem?

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  2. chicklady63

    chicklady63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been raising cochins for several years now and this looks atypical to me. At least I have never seen it in any of my birds. (Looks like these two little cockerals, BTW.)
    They look healthy the best I can tell. Cochins can be pretty docile compared with some other breeds, and may end up at the bottom of the pecking order. Do you think they are getting enough to eat? Or have you noticed the others picking at them? If the others are all the same breed they may do this just because these five are "different". Make sure you are using a good start and grow with enough protein to grow in full, healthy feathers.
    Good luck!
     
  3. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I haven't noticed them being picked on or having trouble eating. I've also been feeding yogurt and scrambled eggs periodically for more protein. Maybe I should divide it up in multiple containers to make sure the cochins are getting their share.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. arllcountrygirl

    arllcountrygirl lavender nutt

    I also raise cochins and have never had that problem [​IMG]
    It isn't normal.
     
  5. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just posted something similar in the sick bird area. one of my 5weeks old cochin's is looking like yours (also eating well and not being picked on). my other ones are looking good though.
    the person who responded to me over there said it looked like a slow molter, maybe that is what is going on with yours?
    i hope they start feathering up soon!
     
  6. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hi Mandalina, I took a look at your thread and there do seem to be some similarities. My little guys are pretty feisty and seem happy and healthy aside from their naked backs. I'll see what I can do about making sure they get more protein.

    It's kind of funny, I ordered the Silver Laced Cochins because I thought their feathers were beautiful and I was hoping for some broody hens. I think 4 out of the 5 I got are cockerels and they're half naked to boot. [​IMG]
     
  7. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got 5 SL cochin from Ideal Poultry last year summer, and they took FOREVER to get their body feathers. Seriously... it was kind of ridiculous to look at them in their nakedness for so long. Their feet/leg feathers and wing feathers came in quickly, and ENORMOUSLY, so they looked like they were ready for a serious game of hockey.
     
  8. LaLoomis

    LaLoomis Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:That makes me feel a little better. Maybe I just need to be patient.
     
  9. brizzlequizzle

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    I have a red cochin that is now 4 weeks old, and she did not have any problems like that. Hopefully their feathers come in soon.
     

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