How old would you say they are

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LilyD, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were shipped to me on the 27th and said to be one day old then today it's the 30th so they should be 4 days but they have pretty developed wing feathers. They just seem much more developed than I remember peeps being before 1 week old.

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    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Dingo

    Dingo Chillin' With My Peeps

    What breed are they?
    I have an EE and a cochin, the EE's wings back and legs are just about completely covered by feathers, the cochin's wings are about half feathered and she's just starting to get some feathers on her neck. Both are about 2.5-3wks now.
     
  3. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are Gold Comets
     
  4. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hatchery said that they are 4 days old but can they have that many wing feathers at 4 days?
     
  5. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had some gold comets that were about that feathered when I got them, they were 3 days old when I got mine.
     
  6. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay I can honestly say I haven't seen any babies that were that feathered when they got here from the hatchery and comparing them to my cornish X the cornish cross look much less developed than that so it made me wonder.
     
  7. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatched my own chicks that feathered that fast. [​IMG]
     
  8. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay cool so that means they are really 4 days old. Now I have a question for everyone. When people say that their babies are 1 week do they go by hatching date or the date they purchased. I know they are supposed to get starter for the first week and then grower after but if they are four days old already do I only feed them starter until Tuesday and then switch them over to grower crumbles instead?
     

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