Does anyone know how to tell the age of chicks? PICS!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrshollyp, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. mrshollyp

    mrshollyp New Egg

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    Hi,
    I am a first time chick owner and I am not sure how old my chicks are.

    I bought them from a farm store on March 5th, so I have had them a little over a week, but I don't know how old they were when I bought them.

    I bought 2 Rhode Island Reds on March 5th and loved them so much I went back for two more (this time the box said Buff Orphingtons) on the 9th.

    They have different levels of feathering so I am not sure. I have searched the internet and can find no pictures of chicks at certain ages.

    Any help?

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    Last edited: Mar 14, 2008
  2. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are about 2 days old when they get to the feed store.They should be about 12 to 14 days old now by the pictures.
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yup..I was going to say about 2 weeks old. [​IMG] Very cute too.

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  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I agree somwhere in the neighborhood of 2 weeks old.
     
  5. Loghousemom

    Loghousemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! So it doesn't take long for them to feather out at all!

    I was thinking mine were this age too, but their wings are not quite as feathered.... But the tails look the same.
     
  6. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The cheat sheet I got said:

    week 1 - wing feathers
    week 2 - tail feathers
    week 3 - back feathers
    week 4 - breast feathers
    week 5 - head feathers

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  7. slowedown

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    Thanks. This chart is great.
     
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  8. newbey

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    Hi, I'm new at this chicken adventure myself. BUT from the pictures you have posted I too would agree about 2 weeks. I have 5 chicks that hatched 1 week ago yesterday, 12-3-12
    and they have feathers just not quite as many as yours has.
    On another note, in the brooder I used wee wee puppy pads. They work Fantastic!
    The first day that's what they walked on and no Spray Leg. Then from the second day till the 4th I just put in a little Pine Shavings. And Now I have about 2 inches down BUT I have the wee wee pads under it and it is easy to clean!!! I put down about 15 layers so it will be easy to clean until they move up to the bigger brooder.
    I wish you luck in your new adventure! I am sure enjoying it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    they are adorable chicks and i agree, about 2 weeks old in the pix. i have 40 week and a half old 'rainbow pullets' from Meyer Hatchery and they
    are just now 'sprouting' as i like to call it, their tiny tails - this is my favorite part - don't know why but those itty bitty tails starting out are the cutest thing!
    I love Meyers' 'Rainbow Pullet Assortment' because it includes breeds I either have and want more of or breeds i've been wanting to try out. I got lots of
    EEs, BOs, White Leghorns, Australorps, BRs and I 'think' a couple of RIRs.
     
  10. lhammond

    lhammond Just Hatched

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    HI

    I am having the same problem. I just bought mine on April 4 (12 chicks) and am trying to find out too. Mine look a little older than yours. Any luck finding out?
     

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