New mixed flock feathering differences

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

  1. dawnrae

    dawnrae Chirping

    Jun 7, 2011
    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

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    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

    Feb 20, 2017
    Loveland, CO
    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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