chicks feathering to quick

rockyandhunny

Hatching
9 Years
Jun 7, 2010
8
0
7
The glens
Hiya i have had some chicks hatch a frizzle and 3 ancona's they seem to be feathering very quickly much quicker than any other chicks we have hatched is this normal with different breeds or am i doing something wrong could it be to warm encouraging premature feathering??
 

sben451

Songster
11 Years
Aug 26, 2008
356
3
144
Anniston, AL
I don't know, but I had 14 chicks hatch out on Thursday (2/24) and noticed by Sat. some are starting to get wing feathers. Maybe this is normal, but I thought it was usually longer before seeing feathers. My chicks are mostly BLRW and a few mutts.
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gumbii

Songster
9 Years
Oct 7, 2010
2,093
13
161
bell gardens, ca
Quote:
yep... that's why every week they should be acclimated to lower and lower temps... i noticed that the feedstores and such have them all in 100°F brooders, and their 3 week olds look like 1 week olds... i also get a pretty big temp swing on my brooder for night and day... getting them used to the harsh temps of the outside pens/coops/runs... wherever they choose to sleep...
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
16,317
89
331
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
Quote:
yep... that's why every week they should be acclimated to lower and lower temps... i noticed that the feedstores and such have them all in 100°F brooders, and their 3 week olds look like 1 week olds... i also get a pretty big temp swing on my brooder for night and day... getting them used to the harsh temps of the outside pens/coops/runs... wherever they choose to sleep...

I've never kept my brooders as warm as is recommended.....in fact I very rarely even keep track of the temp in them. If the chicks are content I know the temp is right.
 

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