One chick looks very different from her sisters! Is she okay?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rivers2011, May 28, 2011.

  1. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,
    My six, four week old Columbia Rock chicks are growing their feathers in and one of them looks very different from the others! She was always unique because of a small, black spot on top of her head (all the others were pure yellow, except for their wings) but she's become much more noticeably different. The others' necks are mostly white with some black shading, but her neck is mostly black! The rest of her body is the same as the others though. Is it common for this much variation to occur among chicks? They came from the hatchery, so I'm assuming they're healthy but I just want to make sure...
    Thanks!
    River
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It is normal. Hatcheries state their birds simply represent the breed- they don't guarentee they conform to the standard of perfection. Im sure your little girl is just fine [​IMG]
     
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Yes this is normal, hatcheries do not breed for traits beside meat and egg.

    Nate
     
  4. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent. Good to hear! Thank you both!
     
  5. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should post pics!
     
  6. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ah, I wish I thought of this sooner! I may have to soon - just noticed that this same chick has an oddly asymmetrical breast.
     

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