Can a 9 week old chick start growing saddle feathers?

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  1. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just curious i'm starting to notice some new feathering on one of the baby chicks?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I have had bantam cockerels that show male feathering characteristics that young.
     
  3. WiddleChix

    WiddleChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it's possible.My brabanter cockerel began showing apparent saddle feathers at 8 weeks.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Absolutely! I had a Golden Cuckoo Marans last summer that displayed, not only saddle and tail feathers, but he crowed around six weeks and was mounting his brooder mate at nine weeks.

    You don't mention what breed this chick is. If it's one where the roosters have multicolored plumage, you can get a sneak preview by parting the feathers on its back and looking at the pin feathers close to the skin that are emerging. If they are of a contrasting color to the outer saddle feathers, you have yourself a cockerel.
     
  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im pretty for aure he is a pure Newhmapshore Red.
     

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