Probably common question but..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by anthonyjames, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    It has been awhile that I have raised chicks (pullets) and I have a batch of 75 right now that are a month old. I have one that body size is on course with all the others. But, it's wings have ony 2 featers on each wing, a couple on the rump and it's neck feathers. Otherwise it is still all down. 4 weeks seems like a long time to have no feather growth. Is this just a really, really late bloomer? I am hoping to get them all of the brooder in the coming week but I don't think that one will handle the cool to cold weather even being in a hoop house.

  2. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    I thought the same with my LATE blooming columbian wyandotte. She just now at 14 weeks has all her feathers. She didn't have ANY tail feathers until 12 weeks.

    So yes, it's very possible your chick is just a late bloomer. If it's a different breed (like a "mystery chick") that may explain it, else it may just be genetics. I have a second columbian wyandotte that feathered very quickly.
  3. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    Might be a rooster in the making there. Seems they tend to feather out a little behind the girls.
  4. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    What is the temp in your brooder?? Or yes it could just be a roo...
  5. LoveNewChicks

    LoveNewChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2011
    I don't know,
    My Coop
    I have a gold sex link chick and she is all feathered and is 8 weeks old,
    what breed do you have?
  6. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    So they are in my garage and in an open top brooder. The heat lamp is raised about 4 inches everyday. Right now it is about 3.5 ft above the brooder. My garage is about 50 at night right now. I have gone out on numberous occasions and they are not huddled together but are not spread out. There is about an inch or two in between each bird. And my bedding is a mix of leafy compost, chips and staw to they bury themselves down and in.

    Breeds are
    Barred Rocks
    Austrolaps (Which it is one of these that I think is not feathered)
    Golden Comets
    Silver Laced Wyandottes

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