chick looks strange

dragonchick

Songster
12 Years
Sep 30, 2007
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OK my single little chick who hatched out yesterday evening still has not "fluffed" out. It looks similar to a baby bird you would find in a wild birds nest. Its got down feathers but they seem to still be slicked down to its body. Its completely dry and walking/stumbling around and cheeping loudly but its not fluffy like the others pictures posted. It looks to be a golden color but I can't be sure. I don't know if I should give the little thing a bath or just let it be. Its been right at 12 hours since it hatched completely out of its shell.
 
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FenDruadin

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
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Charlotte, NC Area
I occasionally get a bird that doesn't fluff out quite right. It usually has to do with problems during the hatch, but sometimes it seems completely random. It hasn't ever become a long-term problem for me though--they do eventually fluff out after all and, assuming there are no other problems, they grow up just fine.

Enjoy your hatch!
 

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