Rapid feathering

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mshirk, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. mshirk

    mshirk Out Of The Brooder

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    My first post!

    I've been reading BYC for a long time. I got my BO chicks 17 days ago. When they arrived they had no feathers, only fluff. As of today they are 60% feathered. This seems VERY rapid compared to what I've read. I've even searched through the archives! I'm not exactly concerned, they are happy and warm and growing. I would just like someone to tell me this is normal?!

    They have big wing, shoulder, tail feathers, and feathers starting up the neck between the wings. Underneath they seem to be feathering out as well. I can literally see new feathers grow significantly from morning to afternoon.
     
  2. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uhm, weird! Mine don't grow that fast...
    They do go through several moults though.
     
  3. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would love to see PICS [​IMG]

    My girls are 3 weeks old and are about 50-60% feathered. We got them at 4 days old and they were just chick fuzz!!
     
  4. zengrrl

    zengrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed do you have? My polish chicks are closer to 3 weeks and are already developing feathers.
     
  5. arenea74

    arenea74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Coldweatherbirds

    Coldweatherbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics?
     
  7. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:She stated in her original post that they were Buff Orpingtons.

    I would say that these chicks, likely being from a hatchery, are just fast mature-ing.
     
  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds right about normal for me! At three weeks old my chicks usually have all their wing feathers, little tufts of feathers over their shoulders and maybe the beginnings of neck feathers. Pullets usually grow tail feathers sooner than roos, so if they're pullets, they'll usually have a big bunch of tail feathers too. But a lot depends on individual breeds. Plus I've heard they feather out faster if you don't overheat them. Or rather, if you keep the temperature in the brooder on the high side, you can slow down their feathering out.

    It sounds like your chicks are growing fine.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Agree.

    And welcome!
     
  10. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like my production red girls they are about 5 weeks old and are prob 60% or more feathered out
     

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