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One baby slower to get feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 3Roosters1Hen, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. 3Roosters1Hen

    3Roosters1Hen Hatching

    I have 3 RSL/RIR mix (that's what they told me at SS, anyway). They all look and act fine, and all are about the same size.

    All 3 have their wing feathers coming in and some on their neck/shoulder area. 2 have a lot of tail feathers and the other has hardly any.

    Do I have 2 roosters? Or do I have 1 sick baby?

    Also, 1 of them is pooping what looks like light brown styrofoam. It's formed but foamy looking. All the other poop is what I would expect chicken poop to look like.

    I'd appreciate your insight.

  2. wings

    wings Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    I have no clue! What are you feeding them?

    Good luck!

  3. 3Roosters1Hen

    3Roosters1Hen Hatching

    I was watching them and saw the foamy poop is from the less feathered chick.

    I'm feeding them chick mash from SS.

    I should add they are almost 2 weeks old.
  4. montana girl

    montana girl Songster

    Aug 23, 2007
    Kalispell, Montana
    My less feathered chick ended up being a roo, but could you post pictures?
    On of my sex link hens has always pooped a bit different looking that the others, ever since she was a day old. She is healthy and happy and a year old now and still poops a darker color than the others and slightly wetter. It runs in the range of normal though.
  5. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Pearl River,Louisiana
    Probably a roo baby. My little roo has less feathers then the girls..
  6. 3Roosters1Hen

    3Roosters1Hen Hatching

    I wish I could post pictures but my camera died. My new one is being delivered next Monday (just ordered it this morning). I can't wait to share pictures though.

    A roo? I guess that means I need to buy more babies so I have more girls. [​IMG]

    I think dh will understand that logic. Don't you? [​IMG]
  7. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    I have two kinds of chicks at almost 3 weeks. My pullets are getting much longer tail feathers than the roos. This may be the breeds but they are 2 different ones. Hope this helps. O'Yea i'm sure hubby will understand so go ahead and get some more. (Didn't think anyone here would discourage that did you)? Good Luck

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