Do breeds mature at different rates? Newbie question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChiknMama, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. ChiknMama

    ChiknMama Chirping

    Apr 26, 2011

    Our chicks are about 6 days old and our Black Australorp is bigger than the other two. The BA and the Easter Egger seem to be feathering at about the same rate, wings and some tail feathers but our Buff Orpington is still fuzzy with only a little bit of wing growth. Is this normal??? Also I don't think I have seen any other EEs the color of ours and her wings seem to be coming in white is this an EE? They all are eating and acting fine to me so I believe they are all healthy just growing differently.

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  2. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Songster

    Apr 13, 2010
    Your pics are kinda blurry but yes, chicks do mature at different rates, even within their own breeds. I have a barred rock that was the smallest, scrawniest looking chick the whole time she was growing up with her sisters (barred rocks and glw). She has done everything late, including laying eggs. However, she is just fine and is the most talkative, bossiest and sneakiest of them all. Yours look fine and healthy.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Seems like you've made a good observation, rather than it being a question! And you're right, it seems like each chick does grow at it's own pace......Same breed or not.

    One thing I've noticed is that every rooster chick (cockerel) I've had grows feathers very slowly.....They seem to keep the fuzz on their bodies longer, with just growing wing feathers and barely any tail.......I know it's probably not always the case, but so far, I've found it to be true.....
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  4. Black Australorps are among the fastest to mature. That is why I picked them to be my first laying hens. They are also one of the heavy breeds, so they will most likely grow faster and be bigger in the end than your EE.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011
  5. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    My Welsummers grew lightning fast as did the Black Australorp. My Dominique was tiny but feathering at the same pace and then had a huge growth spurt so she's almost as big as the BA now! The EEs were medium-fast and the Speckled Sussex has been very slow by comparison (interesting to see since she's supposed to be such a big girl when she's done!). So yes, I observed discrepancies in my mixed flock. They did seem to follow the same pattern for feather development. My EE cockerel feathered at the same pace as the EE pullets so I have not experienced the "slow male feathering" so many others talk about. He does seem to be holding onto his down more firmly (the neck, especially, has a lot of fluff sticking out between the feathers.
  6. ChiknMama

    ChiknMama Chirping

    Apr 26, 2011
    Thank you for all of the responses...a little reassurance goes a long way with a new mom [​IMG] was getting a little concerned for our BO since she seems tiny next to the others. I took some more pictures today of them side by side in the brooder which hopefully won't be as blurry, still getting used to my DH's camera. These girls need to clean up their room [​IMG]




    Someone likes to be queen of the roost already [​IMG]

  7. mszekely

    mszekely In the Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    Vermilion, OH
    Aww. So cute!

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