Ivory the Rooster: Day 665 *updates*

77horses

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***Please see later posts for pictures and updates on Ivory's progress!***

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Ivory's Major Milestones:

*UPDATE: Day 528: Ivory's a father!!! (page 27)*-7/11/11
*UPDATE: Ivory is now 365 days old (1 year)!!!
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*-1/29/11



(PLEASE NOTE: The typing below is written with "she" when referring to Ivory. At the time, 'he' was believed to be a 'she', but as of now 'he' is NOT a 'she'!
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It would take a long time to go through all the posts and correct the "she's" and make them "he's", so just keep that in mind.
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Thanks!)


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Ivory, my Splash Cochin/black Ameraucauna chick, was born on January 29th, 2010, and is now 42 days old (6 weeks exactly). She is still no bigger than the palm of my hand and her full wing feathers aren't even in yet. Almost, but there's still quite a bit of downy feathers on her wings still. Everywhere except for for wings, a tiny clump of fluffy feathers near her legs, and a couple feathers on her chest (that are just now starting to fan out) is downy feathers. She doesn't even have many pin/blood feathers coming in at all, either. I would think by now she would have way more feathers or at least those pointy pin feathers (just the shafts) by now!
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She is always eating, she has fresh water available, and her light is always on in her brooder box, except at night, when I shut it off until early in the morning so she can get some sleep.

Here are some pictures I took today:
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Any thoughts? Is this normal? Is she just an slower developer or something? She acts normal. She's always active (except when she's been running around in my bedroom and is a little tired...then she takes a nap in her box for a little while.
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Thanks!


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EDITED TO ADD: Ivory eats just plain ground corn for food. We've raised all of our chickens on this when they were young, rather than spending money on medicated feed, and have never had any problems. All we do is take cracked corn (that we buy at the feed store), put it in a coffee bean grinder/mixer, and then mix it until it's almost like powder. But I've worried that it isn't giving them enough of some vitamin, like grower feed would have in it. Of course, once they get older, we move them to layer pellets, but could feeding her just the ground cracked corn be causing her slow development? She eats a lot and I know she gets plenty to eat, but is it enough in vitamins and other stuff for her to grow properly? If not, I will definitely go and buy some chick grower as soon as I can.


Also, this brings up another question. She's been eating the ground cracked corn ever since she hatched, and could switching her to grower mash cause problems?

Thanks!



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Please feel free to check back on Ivory's progress! I try to post updates and pictures almost everyday.
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kelseygirl707

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I've never kept my chicks more than about 2 weeks, but I'd say my 2 weekers look like that! I would think yours should have more feathering by now, but I don't really know....
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Buff Hooligans

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In my non-expert opinion, she does look a little small for her age. But she's certainly healthy looking and acting. I hope she continues to grow and do well. She's a cutie.
 

HEChicken

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For six weeks she really doesn't look developed enough. Also, her crop is enormous. I would worry that something is not working right and the food she eats is not being converted well enough that she has energy to develop.
 

Asgard Farms

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I am not sure but for 6 weeks she looks underdeveloped to me. Here is a pic of Prince my Ameraucauna Roo at 7 weeks old.

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not full grown but out of the brooder, spending his days outside with the girls.
 

77horses

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I think I should switch her to grower mash...but we've never had this problem before, even with the ground cracked corn.
Please see the original post for something I added....
 

Buff Hooligans

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I agree with this too. Have you felt her crop? Is it hard or soft/mushy? Could be impacted?

Also, I think corn offers little nutrition - just starch. I concur that you should switch to grower mash or pellets.
 

PaulaJoAnne

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Since the chick is a cochin cross, it will develop slower. Cochins take 9 months to mature, and even when crossed with a faster growing chicken, will stillbe slower on the uptake.
We have Cochins and a few other breeds, so most of our chicks this year are crosses.
They are slower growing
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But the ones that are pure Cochin are even slower
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ETA: FOr soem reason I thought you wrote 2 weeks old.
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Yes, she is a bit behind on development. Even for a cochin cross.
 
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77horses

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Quote:
I agree with this too. Have you felt her crop? Is it hard or soft/mushy? Could be impacted?

Also, I think corn offers little nutrition - just starch. I concur that you should switch to grower mash or pellets.

Right now it's too small to feel (she just got done taking a nap and I just fed her her afternoon feed, so she hasn't eaten much yet. But usually when I feel it, it is a bit hard, but it's not rock solid. It's more firm than mushy. Sometimes, if she drinks a lot of water, it will feel a little mushy.
 

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