Cornish Cross chicks missing feathers ?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kyron4, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. kyron4

    kyron4 In the Brooder

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    First time raising Cornish Cross, got 4 chick that about 4 to 5 weeks old and they look terrible, as in ugly. Missing a lot of feathers on the back, tail, and belly. Some more than others. They seems fine , very plump, moving around the best they can , eating and drinking well. Is this normal ? I have read that the X chicken tend to look "ratty" Is this what they are referring to ? -Thanks
     
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Pictures would help. Where did you get them from? What were the condition of the rest of the chicks you chose from? Have you checked them of parasites; mites/lice?
     
  3. kyron4

    kyron4 In the Brooder

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    I got them from the farm store, all fluffy healthy chicks in a stock tank. I see no parasites and all my egg laying chicks are fine. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow.
     
  4. BirdsBeesTrees

    BirdsBeesTrees Songster

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    Normal. They go through and awkward ugly stage. Lol. :lol:
     
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  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    By 4 to 5 weeks they should be getting pretty close to fully feathered. I call the 3 to 4 week age of normal chickens the vulture phase. The feathers are coming in but in splotches, they tend to look ratty.

    But CX are not necessarily normal chickens. They tend to grow so fast the feathers can't keep up. Photos are always appreciated but I think that's probably what you are seeing, another consequence of really fast growth. They can still handle cooler weather as if they did not have those bare spots, I would not be concerned. Turken, sometimes called Naked Necks, have absolutely no feathers on their necks and they are considered a cold weather breed.
     
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  6. kyron4

    kyron4 In the Brooder

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  7. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Songster

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    They're going to be ready to process 8n q couple more or three weeks. 0nce they're processed lack of feathers become a mute point.

    Just saying.
     
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  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    Yep that is what mine look like too, they just grow so fast.
     
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  9. ambnett88

    ambnett88 Hatching

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    It's normal. They grow so fast that they literally outgrow their feathers. They about the ugliest breed I've ever seen, like awkward little dinosaurs lol.
     

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