Slow Feathering CornishX

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by T-5FARM, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. T-5FARM

    T-5FARM New Egg

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    I noticed one out of 150 CornishX this morning with almost no feathers. The birds are over 4 weeks old, have been in a Salatin-style tractor for over two weeks. All the others look normal. This one chick has maybe 1-inch long wing feathers, but is essentially bald elsewhere. The feathering looks like what you might see in a week-old chick. He seems healthy, about the same size as the others. Any ideas?
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    it's normal, surprised you don't have more like it.
     
  3. T-5FARM

    T-5FARM New Egg

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    Maybe so. I've raised over 700 since last Fall and have never seen one like it.
     
  4. houstonopc

    houstonopc New Egg

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    Quote:What is the protein levels in your feed? I noticed that a higher protein level means more feathers in my 3 batches this year. I raise my in the same Tractor style.

    Mike..
    www.Houstonopc.com
     
  5. T-5FARM

    T-5FARM New Egg

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    They were on 28% Game Bird starter/grower for almost 4 weeks, have just switched them to 20% starter/grower. The strange thing is the rest seemed to feather faster than normal, even with 90+ degree temps.
     

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