What is this? Ingrown feather?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by StephensonC, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. StephensonC

    StephensonC Songster

    Oct 14, 2014
    Richmond, Va
    Is this an ingrown feather? The black curly thing. It's hard and feels like a bread tie, but it won't bend. She is 2 weeks old, and it has been growing since she hatched. How do I proceed in treating it?

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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    It might just be a dirty feather. Sometimes they'll get some kind of ick on them and they look kind of wonky. I would try washing it and see if it goes back to normal. If it doesn't, I'd pull it out and wait for a new, fresh feather to take its place. Good luck :)

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