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How old are these chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cackalacky, May 3, 2007.

  1. cackalacky

    cackalacky New Egg

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    I bought these chicks at the feedstore on April 7, so I've had them for 4 weeks, but they seem to be a bit more feathered out than pictures I've seen of 4 week old chicks. There is the tiniest bit of fuzz on the ends of their feathers around the neck, fuzzy bum-bums but feathers everywhere else.

    What do you think?

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  2. Country Gal

    Country Gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What temperature are you keeping them at?

    I thought mine were feathering out pretty fast, but then I read that they feather faster in cooler weather. I've been keeping mine around 70* since I got them...
     
  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm....just a guess...but maybe around 6wks?? We'll see what others think![​IMG]
     
  4. cackalacky

    cackalacky New Egg

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    I'm in coastal NC and it's been Africa-hot down here. They were in the brooder at 90-ish for a few days but were staying away from the light so I raised it every couple of hours until they seemed comfortable in most of the brooder. The temp was around 80 when they finally seemed happy. So I kept it there for 2 and a half weeks until I moved them out on Sunday. It's been highs around 90 and lows around 70 since I booted 'em out but they have a heat lamp at night so their coop stays about 10 degrees warmer. So cool weather wouldn't be a factor for early feathering. I'm thinking they were already a bit older when I got them, maybe?
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I say 5-6 weeks old, some breeds feather quicker than others too.
     
  6. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is possible the feed store had them for a few days prior to your purchase. Add shipping time to that and there's a week for you. Did the chicks have any feathering when you bought them? If so, that info would help to age them.
     
  7. cackalacky

    cackalacky New Egg

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    Ummmm..... yeah!

    They all had wing feathers... 3-4 rows of them if I recall correctly. [​IMG]
     
  8. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then I would venture a guess at 2 weeks old when you purchased them. Roughly 6 weeks old looks about right for the photos you posted.
     
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Based on the feathering and the comb they are six to 7 weeks.
     

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