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Nearly Bald Chick?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PineBurrowPeeps, May 10, 2009.

  1. I have a batch of 30+ chicks that are a little over 6 weeks old now. They are Salmon Faverolles, EE's, and Cinnamon Queens.
    Everyone is completely feathered out except this one Salmon chick, he/she has feathers just on the tips of the wings but is nearly bald everywhere else! And it's half the size of the other chicks!
    I'm not sure what to do with it. It eats, it drinks, it runs, it plays with the others. But it looks weak and small. Should I cull it from my flock or just let it go and see what happens to it?
    I certainly will not be letting it breed if it stays and will need to band it's leg so that if it ever does feather out I will know which one it is. I don't want weakness in my future chicks.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    It's naked all over???? That is oddest thing I have heard. I would love to see pic of that poor thing.
     
  3. Sure, I'll take some pics tonight when I go put them up.
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I have a 7 week old buckeye roo that is similar. He has feathers on his wings and his head...just down fluff everywhere else. He is named Runt because he was really small, but has slowly been catching up. I had a similar question that I posted yesterday. I knew that roos feather much slower than females, but someone had posted that runts feather slower too. You said yours is small and since it is feathering slower, my guess is he is a runt roo too. Per the response I got yesterday, he/she should be feathered out by 12 weeks. If he/she is acting fine other than being a pint-sized, featherless chick, I wouldn't worry. [​IMG] Hope this helps. Good luck!
     
  5. Jazzchick

    Jazzchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    any updates on this problem as I have a 50 percent english hatched from a ebay egg, only survivor of three born and several that did not hatch at all with same issue... friendly outgoing, eats follows me around like a puppy sleeps with a light on and three fluffy silkies to keep her naked lil but warm.
     

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