Cochin chicks feathering out at different rates???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rnorris1234, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. rnorris1234

    rnorris1234 Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    Fort Payne, AL
    Hey everyone. I have some little cochin chicks that will be 6 weeks old in about 2-3 days. I have two splash and one black (or very dark blue). They are all feathering out at very different rates. One of the splash is almost completely feathered and is about the size of a softball or grapefruit and very cute. The other spalsh is about half feathered out. However, the blue/black barely has any feathers at all -- some on the wings and some on the legs.
    Do the colors feather out differently? Does that have to do with the sex of the chicks? Do chicks just develop at their own rate? or do I need to somehow change the diet of the blue/black or something? They all seem active and healthy and seem to eat pretty well.
    Just wondering and hoping for info from people who know way more than I do.
  2. chickenman98

    chickenman98 Songster

    Mar 27, 2010
    Eastern Oklahoma
    [​IMG] I think they just feather out at different rates.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  3. WildWoodsWoman

    WildWoodsWoman In the Brooder

    May 11, 2010
    Near Greenbay
    My std Cochins always feather out at different rates. Pullets seem to feather out on the backs first. The little roos catch up. They look like they were hatched a couple of weeks later for a while. Hatchery and hatched under the hen goes the same. I do think hen hatched and brooded chicks grow and develop more quickly. Just my 2 pennies worth [​IMG] Best Wishes for you and your Cochins. I have had the breed for years and they are some great birds. [​IMG]

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