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Fluffy/strange looking feathers

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by chickenlady2016, May 2, 2016.

  1. chickenlady2016

    chickenlady2016 Just Hatched

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    New to chickens this year and my chicks are almost 7 wks old. We have 6 chicks, 3 different breeds. 1 of our golden comets has these fluffy feathers that look kind of unkempt next to the sleek shiny feathers of the rest of them. She still eats fine, moves around normally, and doesn't seem sick in any other way. Is there something I should be worried about?
    I tried to add a pic, but I'm not sure if it is in or not.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I'm not seeing the photo, hopefully you can get it posted soon because without seeing the bird it is difficult to say just what is going on - it may be that your bird is "frizzled" which would mean her feathers should look different, or it could be that there is something else going on.
     
  3. chickenlady2016

    chickenlady2016 Just Hatched

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  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    She does look like she's got a bit of frizzling going on....it's a genetic mutation of the feather structure.
     
  5. chickenlady2016

    chickenlady2016 Just Hatched

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    She really just seems fluffier than the others, like the feathers are sticking up funny. The other 5 are very sleek looking. Even the other golden comet is sleeker. Her activity level is the same as the others, and she is still eating and drinking normal as well.

    Is it something that will effect her health? Do I need to do anything special for her?
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  6. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is nothing to be concerned about. Her feathers are still coming in, so this is a common occurrence. Most chickens will be fully-feathered around 8 weeks of age. Some breeds will feather faster while others may take a couple more weeks to become fully feathered. There is no need to do anything special for the feathers sticking up. They will lay flat when they are developed.
     

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