leg feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by autumnprairie, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. autumnprairie

    autumnprairie Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    when do chicks get leg feathers are they born with the leg feathers? :confused:

    I have hatched out 6 so far but I think they are BO and no Buff Cochins
    I want to hatch out some cochin eggs too.
    PLEASE help
  2. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 2 week old Cochins and most have leg feathers....
    and all had some kind of feathering when they were 4-5 days old...

    I have Black, Blue, Silver laced, Partridge and White Cochins...can't wait to see them grown since
    they are so adorable, plump, feathered, fuzzy chicks already
  3. slimpys

    slimpys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Our rooster is a cochin and all of our hens are breeds without leg feathers. We've hatched out about 24 of these mixes and all had leg feathers at hatch. It got thicker over time of course, but you could definitely see the leg or toe fuzz at hatch.
  4. Rasuka

    Rasuka Out Of The Brooder

    I have 2 chicks that were hatched out with feathers already on their legs.
    1 white Cochin (standard) and 1 buff Brahma (standard)
  5. NaturesX

    NaturesX Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2014
    Supposed to have a white cochin... Why no leg feathers at 5 weeks old? This is not exact chick, but looks almost identical to this picture. I have a white Sulton with leg feathers already..confused newbie..
    Last edited: May 24, 2015
  6. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Among other breeds I have and have hatched Cochins and mine have all hatched with if nothing more than twigs of feathers at hatch...
    Cochin are bigger and fluffier than the bird pictured... Or mine are...
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    If my feather legged breeds hatch out with twigs for feathers, that's what they're stuck with as they grow. My Silkies and Cochins hatch out with heavily feathered legs and most or all of the toes and they stay that way. If they don't have feathers now, they wont get them. If they've got one or two feathers here and there, that's what they'll end up with as adults.

    The chick pictured a couple of posts above looks like my white Leghorn chicks. It'll never get feathered legs.
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Maybe if you posted a picture of the actual chick in question, we might be able to better help you.
  9. Melisa1973

    Melisa1973 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2018
    20180409_143652.jpg I have 4 brahma chickens, roughly 4/5 weeks old, but only one has feathered legs and feet. Is this usual or was I sold the wrong breed?

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