I have been a happy chicken owner? mistress? caregiver? for a year now. I started with 6 RIR and 6 Barred Rock hens. Lost one to illness at about 3 months. The eggs have been great and the "show" has been very funny. My question is: My new babies (8 mixed Buff Orps) are 2-3 weeks old and look awful. They eat well and drink well, and are pretty active, but their feathers look awful. Either they have some terrible disease or they are getting their grown-up feathers already? I truly don't remember the babies last year looking so bad! Any advice, consolation, or reassurance you might give would be gratefully received.