Bald Brahma? Banty Dominique?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JDN, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. JDN

    JDN Songster

    334
    360
    113
    Feb 28, 2018
    Raleigh NC
    I’m not sure if this is normal. Both my Brahma chicks, (unsure of Hatch Date but no later than 2/23,) seem a bit bald...one is way worse than the other , but I can’t figure out if it’s natural development and an awkward stage or something different. Both Brahmas are much more low activity than the other birds.

    The other question is about my Dominique. I bought it at TSC with the Brahmas. It seems physically behind. It’s notably smaller than the olive Egger, (2/14 hatch) and Speckled Sussex, Americauna (2/21 hatch) (though I bought those at a breeder) and hasn’t developed tail feathers, even though I know it can’t be much younger than the others...in fact, it was in the same bin as the Brahmas at TSC. That said, it seems fine otherwise, flying like a bowling ball into the ball of birds around the feeder and scattering them, or walking over them to eat...it certainly eats well, is active, has the best personality. Think it could be a bantam?
     

    Attached Files:

    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    15,348
    14,222
    762
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Your chicks are ready to live in a coop and have access to a run like the big kids they are. I would say they are at least a month old, maybe six weeks.

    The tub they are confined to is much too small and is contributing to stress that causes feather picking. It's urgent that you get them into a bigger environment immediately.

    If you still have heat on these chicks, that would be another thing contributing to their stress. It would be the same as if someone forced you to live in a heated room while wearing a heavy winter down coat. Your chicks are almost completely feathered out and no longer require heat. If you turn off the heat, lower the temp in the room you have them in, after a couple days, they can go live in a coop without heat.
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  3. JDN

    JDN Songster

    334
    360
    113
    Feb 28, 2018
    Raleigh NC
    Thanks. The lamp is pretty far off them...They relate to the lamp sort of but aren't huddled and aren't scattered so I thought they would be fine. The bin they're in isn't totally tiny, but I agree that they are outgrowing it.

    They are in our Laundry Room, which is un heated and I think uninsulated; it isn't "connected" to our house, its off the carport so you walk outside to get to it.
     
    ButtonquailGirl14 likes this.
  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    15,348
    14,222
    762
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Turn off the heat entirely and in a couple more days, you can safely move them to their outdoor quarters.

    Will they have the coop and run to themselves or do you have an adult flock they will need to integrate into?
     
  5. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    15,752
    36,842
    1,137
    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Those 2 big birds aren’t Brahmas, they’re Cornish crosses.
     
    Mraya likes this.
  6. JDN

    JDN Songster

    334
    360
    113
    Feb 28, 2018
    Raleigh NC
    Hmm...I figured since they were so big, they were Brahma's. Guess not.
     
  7. JDN

    JDN Songster

    334
    360
    113
    Feb 28, 2018
    Raleigh NC
    They will have it to themselves.
     
  8. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    15,752
    36,842
    1,137
    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Brahmas have feathered legs and these chicks don’t.
     
  9. JDN

    JDN Songster

    334
    360
    113
    Feb 28, 2018
    Raleigh NC
    Also explains why they always have their head in the feeder...:rant
     
    Brahma Chicken5000 likes this.
  10. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    7,061
    9,509
    587
    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    If those chicks are Cornish, you'll have to start monitoring their feed intake. They are usually butchered at 8 weeks, and if they have access to feed 24/7, then they'll have some problems with heart failure pretty soon.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: