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Australorp chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iam4hymn, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. iam4hymn

    iam4hymn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2015
    I have two 3 week old Australorp chicks that were hatched on October 13. One is growing/feathering quite well (chick 1), the other one has tiny wing feathers and most of its down(chick 2). She is the tiniest one of the group but is eating and drinking just fine. The rest of the chicks I got are growing and feathering out nicely, but this little chick just looks like a larger newborn. Any particular reason she is lagging behind?[​IMG] Chick 1
    [​IMG] Chick 2 with nubs for wings!
  2. tj74roberts

    tj74roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2014
    Ceres, Caifornia
    I'm guessing that its a cockerel. They feather slower than pullets
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    Some are just smaller; might have been a smaller egg, different genetics, the runt, etc.

    Cockerels can be slower to feather, but it would be easier to look for cockerel by comb development at this point. :)

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