Question about feathering

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by xC0000005, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Songster

    Nov 1, 2009
    Kirkland, WA
    I have one chicken six weeks old whose back feathers and belly are "stuck" as little pins just sticking out. Fully feathered on wings, neck and head quite nicely feathered, has a nice tail - but the back just stalled out. it doesn't get picked on that I can tell (if anything, it's a bit of a bully, though my buff orp chick puts it in its place). It gets plenty of food and water and is friendly. No raw spots to indicate picking (and given how it pushes its way to the feeders I doubt the other chicks would dare pick a fight with it.)

    Is there anything I can do to assist the "stuck" feathering? I looked it up and it looks a lot like failure to thrive, except that the chick is good size and according to the meaty scale weighs more than my lightest bird and only a little less than the heaviest.
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Offer extra protein snacks daily for a while. Boiled eggs mashed up usually works well.

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