Less feathers at 4 weeks

Rick&Chris

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Hi all -
I have 10 chicks, all the same age (4 weeks) - 5 different breeds. Any idea why one (A black star) hardly has any feathers? Still peach fuzzy fluff, whereas the others have way more feathers.
 

Robert G

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In my experience, the ones with less feathers tend to be roos. At least with cochins. This year alone I've had 3 and all 3 came out to be roos.
 
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Males take longer to feather. I have a oegb mixed with austrolorp and 2 out of 3 are full feathered at 6 weeks and one is not. That one already had a comb and waddles very red. If you look it up males may take longer to develop. Also yours had some thicker legs. Hope this helps.

Missy
 

aart

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Oh no! They’re supposed to be all girls!
Vent sexing is only 90% accurate, so says the hatcheries CYA.
BUT if she's a sexlink she could just be feathering slower.
All birds are individuals, even when same age and/or same breed, you'll see other differences as things go along.
 

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