Secondary feathers on chics?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SkeeredChicken, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. SkeeredChicken

    SkeeredChicken Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    How long is it supposed to be before chics start growing their secondary feathers? Mine are 5 days old, and they seem to have started to sprout them on day 3. I've never had chics before this, but it sure seems like they're growing awefully fast.....
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2007
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    That sounds right. They will sprout baby feathers and be pretty much covered by them when they are 6 or 8 weeks old, then their first set of adult feathers will come in and they will keep that till fall moult. They loose their chick fluff pretty fast, some breeds faster than others.
  3. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    Mine are a week and a half today and they are growing their tail feathers and have full wings now, so yours sound right on track. [​IMG]

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