Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by krista74, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I have a BO x RIR chick (whom I suspect is male) and is now 25 days old. He is a golden colour and was, up until recently, covered in beautiful thick chick fuzz.

    In the past couple of days he has entered the velociraptor stage. Walking around very upright like a baby dinosaur! [​IMG] He has been very slow to feather up and whilst he has almost fully feathered wings, he only has a few spiky tail feathers, and a few oddly placed feathers on his back. He really is in the 'ugly stage' but I love him anyway!

    So my question: It appears as if he is outgrowing his chick fuzz before his feathers come in...... By that, I mean that he has literally grown about an inch in height this week, and the remaining fuzz on his neck seems to be looking "sparse." I can see his skin through it, which I couldn't do before. Mind you, I think the full inch he grew this week was solely on his neck - he really is quite giraffe-like, lol. His fuzz is not coming out in clumps, it is still evenly distributed, but is just getting very, very fine. His body looks, well, messy - some feathers, some fuzz lol. But no sparse-ness.

    Is this normal?

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2014
  2. trudyg

    trudyg Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    North Alabama
    sounds like my son at 13....

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