PICS ADDED ** Telling age of chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CircleC, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. CircleC

    CircleC Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys.

    New chicken owner here. I'm wondering how/if you can tell the age of chicks by their physical looks?

    I bought 2 Rhode Island Red chicks about 3 weeks ago, but they were pretty big. They now almost have all their reg feathers. They have "baby fuzz" on their heads/necks, but pretty much have all their reg feathers everywhere else. Any idea how old they would be?

    I also went back and bought one more Rhode Island Red chick and 4 Orpington chicks. They are little and the only "normal looking" feathers they have are on the tips of their wings. Any idea how old they are?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pictures will help us, you need to make 10 posts, then follow this link to post pictures...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=504


    it sounds like roos to me...but pictures would definitely help us...just go and make a few more comments then come back and put up your pics...
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Your RIR were about 4 weeks old when you got them. The new chicks are a about 2-3 days old. It's easier to estimate if we can see pictures. [​IMG]
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Pictures would help us take a better guess, but based on your description I would say the ones with fuzzy necks and regular feathers everywhere else are about 4 weeks old. And I would say the others are a little over a week.
     
  5. CircleC

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    Ok... I'm going to go do 10 posts so I can post pics lol... I'll be back in a bit.
     
  6. CircleC

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    Forgot to mention...

    I also have a malliard (?) duckling that we rescued. I'm not sure how he/she got separated from it's mother, but we found it in the driveway, no other ducks around. So, of course we grabbed it before the cat could. This is why I decided to get some chickens and play around with them.

    I'm wondering how old the duck is too. I have had it for 3ish weeks and he/she is not very big. Do they not get reg feathers as quickly as a chicken does? He is still fluff. Also, how can I tell if "he's" a boy or a girl? [​IMG]

    Will attach pics soon.... working on my 10 posts


    Thanks!
     
  7. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I don't know much about ducks but I am pretty sure that they stay fluff longer then chickens do. Also, I think the males will develop something called a drake feather which is a basically a curled feather and the females won't. But I don't know much about ducks so hopefully someone else will chime in.
     
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  8. CircleC

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    Thos is what the 2 older RIR's looked like when I brought them home: age?
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    This is what they look like now:
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    Here are the ones I got today:(age?)
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    Here is the duck: (age/sex???)
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  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    The RIR look around 2 weeks in the first pic and 4 weeks in the second pic. Your second set of chicks look like 2-3 days old. I don't know anything about ducks.
     
  10. CircleC

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    Thanks Nicole. [​IMG]
     

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