Slower to develop feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tooshay89, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Tooshay89

    Tooshay89 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have three Easter Egger chicks that are approximately a week old.. I started noticing that two of the chicks have way more of their wing & tail feathers coming in, while the yellow EE is lagging behind. I haven't noticed much development since we got her. Is that normal? I could be totally overthinking this, but I figured I'd ask just to be safe, lol!

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  2. azygous

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    It may be lagging because it's actually a few days younger. Or it is different due to it being a different breed. Or it may be lagging in wing feather development because it is a cockerel. You will likely know by age six weeks if it develops a much pinker comb than the others.
     
  3. pinkashes04

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    Same thing happened to one of my chicks. Now after a few weeks in, I'm thinking the reason is because I have a roo in my bunch!
     
  4. Tooshay89

    Tooshay89 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh no! I really hope it's not a roo. I was hoping that maybe there might be another reason. I guess time will tell. We just found out that our Welsummer is a roo, so we're going to have to re-home him. No roosters allowed in the suburbs!
     
  5. AmberKnits

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    So...if I've got two chicks, same hatch, same breed ....it's possible the slower to feather is male.

    These two are are only a week old, is it likely I've got a male and female here?
     
  6. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Don't panic yet. It's only one indicator, and isn't true in all breeds. Watch the comb over the next several weeks. Males tend to develop theirs earlier and it will have a pinkish hue compared to the pullet's more pale yellowish. By six weeks, you will have a better idea.
     
  7. AmberKnits

    AmberKnits Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't panic, I'd be thrilled :)

    After I ordered sexed pullets we decided to have our aggressive roosters butchered. We are currently without a rooster and I miss the crowing. Those are Wheaten Marans and the roosters are gorgeous! All of the other baby chicks have feathered at roughly the same rate. If I could go back in time I would have ordered a male, but I didn't think of it when we picked up the chicks.
     

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