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RIR Chick Developement Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tpturftech, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. tpturftech

    tpturftech Hatching

    Aug 24, 2012
    Purchased 15 RIR pullets last week, all seem really healthy. One of the chicks is not developing its feathers like the others. All the other chicks have most of their wing feathers and their tail feathers are about an inch long. The one chick is the same size as the others, but it only has about a half inch of it's wing feathers and no tail feathers. Is this something that will solve itself over time or should I be doing or giving this chick some kind of special attention? This chick seems to be somewhat of a bully, pushing the others out of the way for it's food and water. There are others that are a tad smaller, but they are developing at a much faster rate.

  2. kkidsmom

    kkidsmom Chirping

    Jan 31, 2013
    East Texas
    Just a guess from newbie. maybe its a roo.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    That's the way it is sometimes. If the chick is otherwise healthy and doing well, no worries. It is true that very often the males are late bloomers with their tail feathers. But, at 7 weeks? The males will also have distinct combs and wattles, much more red and prominent than the pullets will have at that age. It happens.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member


    Click on this photo, then zoom in on the birds. You'll be able to clearly see the males. Their combs and wattles give them away. This photo was taken at 7 weeks.

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