New mixed flock feathering differences

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dawnrae, May 2, 2017.

  1. dawnrae

    dawnrae Chirping

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    We ordered 5 "female" chicks through a hatchery & are just over a week into brooding. One didn't survive the ship ([​IMG]). Now 3 of the surviving 4 (cream legbar, speckled Sussex & Easter Egger) are feathering almost exactly the same, while the 4th (buckeye) is feathering but is distinctly behind on tail feathers (no pun inteneded) - "she" still just has a fuzzy rump. Is this an early red flag that my 4 new little girls might actually not all be female?
     

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    No. Not all chicks feather out the same for different reasons. There is one specific gene that determines if a chicken is “fast-feathering” or “slow-feathering”, that might be working here. Or it could be something else. Don’t panic yet.
     
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  3. authHeirlooms

    authHeirlooms In the Brooder

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    can you post a picture of the chicks? that alone doesn't necessarily mean it's a roo, but it can be a sign.
     

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