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Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gwen, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Gwen

    Gwen Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Langley, Washington
    My chickens are 5 months old. They are eating well and appear very healthy. But over the last few days, the appearance of their sides is changing. They are not as full on the lower sides as they used to be. I tried to take photos but don't know if this will come across.

    It is really apparent on the buffs and the white rock, but all of the chickens have it.

    Do you see what I mean? I guess I'd describe it as their ribs are showing. There's like a line showing an indentation maybe four or five inches above their legs. I hadn't noticed this before a few days ago and it seems more pronounced every day. Maybe this is normal as they near maturity?

  2. journey11

    journey11 Songster

    Feb 14, 2009
    They look healthy to me, from the pic. My brahmas and australorps look like that too. They are very fluffy. Probably just the appearance of new, heavier feathers. Those 2 breeds you have are known to be heavily feathered, which means they'll handle winter well. My EE's are "scrawnier" in their build and have a more slick appearance in their feathering than my other 2 heavy breeds. I think it's just where your chickens are coming into maturity.

    You can tell if they are underweight by picking them up and feeling their breast bone (keel bone) and how the breast muscles flesh it out. If it's like a "V", they're perfect weight. A "U" is too fat. A "Y" is too skinny.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  3. ella

    ella Songster

    It's normal, the line is made by the primary wing feathers which are harder on adults than on chicks. Gorgeous little flock you have. [​IMG]
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
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