Scruffy looking chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kklowell, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. kklowell

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    My chicks are about 2.5 weeks old and have a lot of feathers. They look scruffy, like their feathers haven't learned their place yet. They're also doing a lot of what looks like preening and some scratching. They are indoors in a metal stock tank with Koop Klean bedding. Is this scruffiness normal?
     
  2. debid

    debid Crowing

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    Pictures?
     
  3. kklowell

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    I hate pictures in the red light, but here are some I just took scruffy1.jpg scruffy3.jpg
     

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  4. debid

    debid Crowing

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    The red is distracting but they look normal for their age.
     
  5. Mimi’s 13

    Mimi’s 13 fuhgettaboutit

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    Those chicks look perfectly normal to me. The stage of losing their downy fluff and getting their first feathers is kind of an awkward looking stage. Kind of like kids getting their permanent front teeth, which look so big.
     
  6. debid

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    Do you have a bigger enclosure ready? They've outgrown the stock tank.
     
  7. kklowell

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    I don't, but I do plan to try to come up with one today, tomorrow at the latest. If I have to, I'll separate them into two enclosures, but I really don't have another heat source so that's an issue too.
     
  8. kklowell

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    And thanks to everyone for the replies. I thought it was likely normal because it's all of them, but I did want to make sure.
     
  9. debid

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    I'd tape together moving boxes before turning them into two flocks that have to be integrated back together later.

    Best option is to move them into the coop with their lamp but if it isn't ready yet, go with boxes. Free to cheap and compostable when you're finished with brooding.
     
  10. peeper89

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    they cute chickens!
    4 pix u can always turn light off for couple minutes wont hurt chicken
     

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