How do chicks feather out?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by larsonll, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. larsonll

    larsonll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, as a newbie, I've been able to get almost any question answered but this, in what order do chicks feather out?

    I've noted that the pin feathers come out in the wings first, and then seem to come out at the tail, then the area above where the wing meets the body. What should I expect next?
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Neck feathers will come next and the fluff at the breast and vent area last.
     
  3. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's funny because their backs will feather out and their chest and then their heads last so then they'll look like they have chicken bodies and baby chick heads!
     
  4. Eris

    Eris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question if I could add to this topic.

    When you mean feathering out, do you mean they shed their "fluff" and big feathers grow in? Or do big feathers grow from the skin? Or does the fluff grow into feather?
     
  5. larsonll

    larsonll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, feathering out is when the big stuff grows in. They shed the fluff.
     
  6. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems to happen so fast that one day you go out to check on them and they have little feather on their wings were fluff used to be!
     

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