skeletonized wings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by slystr, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. slystr

    slystr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2007
    Dallas TX
    what would cause this:
    this is the chick I am having trouble with. She has gotten much stronger and can now fly & perch on the top of her hospital brooder. but her wings look very strange. all the other chix wings are fully feathered but hers look like porqupine quills. thanks!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She's just slower to feather. Maybe give her some extra protein, like chopped hardboiled egg and vitamins in her water. I've seen lots like that, especially the cockerels. Don't worry too much! She'll catch up.
  3. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    Not sure with chickens, but with other birds feathers come in like this, then the coating comes off and they fluff out.
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    slystr, I agree with additional protein to speed up feather production. Sounds like the peep is doing well, I hope the others will get along with the peep when returned to the flock.

  5. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    Those are normal feathers that have not yet had the growing sheath removed. Like everyone else said, it should be fine. Normally the sheath kinda flakes off at the skin so you wouldn't notice it, but perhaps because your chick had some issues the sheath isn't flaking properly. It will come off with time.

    Pretty color chick!


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