Cochin chick feathering too fast?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by JenEric Farms, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

    Oct 31, 2007
    Maine
    I have two mottled cochins that are a few weeks old. One seems to be feathering out just fine and at a normal rate while the other seems to have WAY TOO MANY feathers for his/her age. Her wings are so "heavy" with feather development that she is unable to walk around easily. Anybody every seen this?
     
  2. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Quote:sounds like some sort of protein deficiency or the opposite of deficiency?? though I do not know. Post some pics.
     
  3. JenEric Farms

    JenEric Farms GOOGLE GENIUS

    Oct 31, 2007
    Maine
    I will post pics when I get home tonight. I have them on non medicated chick starter and they are both together with the same water and feed.

    Her wing and feet feathers are very long and filled in compared to her brooder mate, but her body is the same size. It's very odd. I didn't know if this was something that was maybe a trait of the breed.
     
  4. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    Cochin pullets will feather out much more quickly than cockerels. I have some month olds running around. I'll show you the difference when I get some pics.
     
  5. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochin pullets will feather out much more quickly than cockerels.

    I 100% agree with this post, your the girls feather out much quicker in the wings and on the back(more evenly) then the males do:)

    Shari​
     

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