Extremely slow feather development concern

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zagmum, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. zagmum

    zagmum Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2017
    Clovis, California
    Hello. This is a 3 week old chocolate Orpington and he/she is feathering so incredibly slow I'm worried. I know that males typically develop feathers slower but this chick seems way behind even for a male. Also there is no real excessive comb for waddle development so I'm wondering if it is a girl and something is wrong? Or if anybody has any advise or has had this experience? Not sure if it makes a difference but this chick was also kind of a runt and almost didn't make it. I was hand feeding her/him water for hours to make sure she/he stayed hydrated. It was touch and go there for the first couple days. Thanks in advance for any feedback. :)
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Looks meaty like a rooster, but it's pretty young yet. What temperature are you keeping it at. Sometimes being too warm can slow down feathering, so can being a rooster. I do see some feathers coming in on it's chest.

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