Barred Rock chicks not getting their feathers??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bbingraham, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. bbingraham

    bbingraham Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a mixed group of chicks. They are all almost 4 weeks old. All the other chicks look almost fully feathered. However, my 4 barred rock chicks are still little balls of fluff. Is this normal?! I was going to put them all outside around 6 weeks, but these guys look about the same as they did when they were first born.
     
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  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Barred rocks can carry a slow-feathering gene. This actually helps them develop better barring.
     
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    bbingraham Out Of The Brooder

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    Does that mean they are fully feathered later than 6 weeks?
     
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    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, it takes longer. Slow feathering is considered desirable in this breed, and is often lacking in hatchery quality birds.
     

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