slight protruding wings?? 4 day old chick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by opi8, Feb 20, 2009.

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  1. opi8

    opi8 In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2009
    Hi everybody, I posted this in "raising new chicks" but somebody recommended I post here.

    I am new to raising chickens. My wife and I thought we would give it a try, for the fun and eggs. My chicks are 4 days old now and "seem" to be doing quite well besides some poop i clean from their rears everyday. I could almost watch them grow!!
    I have a little concern with one of the chicks wing development. Granted they are only 4 days old but, a particular chicks wings seems to be growing outwards from its body. They look like "straw with tuffs of feathers at the tips". Hers are longer than the others and they seem to go away from the body. the other chicks developing wings are nicely "tucked in" near the body. Is this normal? When the chickens weight catches up with the wings will they eventually rest on her side? the chick i am referring to is a buff orpington.
    If you need any info I am more than willing to provide it. I am soooo new to this, so please be patient.

    Thanks for you help in advance..


  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    We are talking about feathers here I pressume...? Not the wing structure itself...

    Some heavy breed do that sometimes.. my orpingtons does... boys seems to do it more..
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    That's a normal growth habit. All my babies do that to some extent when they're little. It's called slipped wing and they almost always grow out of it. In this case, it caused by the fact that her primaries are growing faster than her secondaries and the two can't mesh together.
  4. opi8

    opi8 In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2009
    thank you for your reply...

    here is a picture i took to better explain

  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

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