Baby chicks - when do they change colour?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Silkie Mummy, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Silkie Mummy

    Silkie Mummy In the Brooder

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    My Silkie Daisy has hatched two Isa Brown eggs and is now a VERY proud and loving mum. I am wondering though, when does the yellow chick colour start to change, can anyone tell me please? Thank you!

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  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

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    As soon as they start growing feathers. So, within hours of hatch. Even on a day old chick if you spread the wing and look at the tips you can see the flight feathers starting to come in. By 3 weeks much of the body will have a smattering of regular feathers and by 6-8 weeks they should be largely feathered out.

    ISA Browns are hybrids so do not necessarily breed true. Usually their offspring are red-brown, but just like ISAs themselves vary you may get a variety of shades in your chicks. And if you bred the ISAs to a different breed of rooster the possibilities depend on his genetics as well.
     
  3. Silkie Mummy

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    Thank you, Olive! I'll have a look at the feathers today.

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  4. Olive Hill

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    Aww! I didn't see the pictures before. Beautiful little babies. Looks like they're going to be red to me. [​IMG]
     

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