feather growth and age?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kanga77510, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Kanga77510

    Kanga77510 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2009
    Santa Fe, TX
    Is there a way to determine a chick's age based on feather growth? We bought the babies from the feed store and didn't know their age. They've been living with us for almost two weeks. Wing feathers are coming in nice and dark. I think two are getting darker feathers on their breasts. They still have fuzzy baby feathers on their backs, or between the wings. Any idea on age? edit to add: they can each fly a few feet up, and down. I'd guess they're about a pound in weight, feels like a small dumb bell when picking them up.

    These are babies earlier in the week.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Hmmm....I would have guessed between 1-2 weeks old based on wing feathers but then saw that you've had them two weeks already. I'd say they can't be much older than two weeks - must have been new hatchlings when you got them.
  3. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Yeah, I agree. Maaaaaaaaaaybe 3 weeks, but definitely not older than that.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, you must have gotten them as day olds. Feathering says 2-3 weeks old. And I bet if you put them in a scale, they will be something like 4-6 ounces. [​IMG]
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I agree, definitely not yet 3 weeks.
  6. solarquail

    solarquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2009
    possibly a dumb question but what breed are they?
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Look like hatchery RIR's to me or production reds (basically a hatchery RIR).

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