Feather/age questions???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lostinthewoods, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. lostinthewoods

    lostinthewoods Out Of The Brooder

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    I picked up my RIR and Black Australorp chicks last Thursday (04/12/07) and was wondering about how old they are. They have all of their wing feathers and have started getting some feathers in the tail area and some around the neck. I was also wondering about a very bright orange spot on the top of one of my RIR chicks. Is it possible that this is the cockerel? I may be able to post some pictures later this evening if that helps. Thank you in advance! [​IMG]


    I am going to attempt to put a picture on here....you can't really see their feathers very well in this picture, but they're still adorable!

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  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Here is picture of my Buff Orpington babies..they are 16 days old and sound liek what you are decribing..

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  3. lostinthewoods

    lostinthewoods Out Of The Brooder

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    The feathering does look similar except my chicks have a few more feathers in their neck area. Thank you very much bec! I think it is safe to assume that they're just over 2 weeks old then. I will try to post some pics later on this evening....
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If there is a lighter spot on a RIR's head, it doesn't necessarily mean anything. Sometimes, an old document I have says, you can tell females by a dark stripe down the top of the head toward the neck, but a RIR is one breed that really doesn't have many clues at the beginning. In about a month, thicker legs and larger comb and wattle area sometimes give it away that you have a boy.
     
  5. lostinthewoods

    lostinthewoods Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you very much speckledhen....I will be looking for those qualities then! [​IMG]
     

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