What is wrong with this chick?!?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tabsmonsters, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This baby hatched this morning and its fluff(?) is different. Its really rough on the back. I have a pic of that chick, then a pic to compare of another chick. Thanks!!

    Chick with problem:
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    Normal chick:
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  2. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I really don't know, but this will bump it back to the front so someone will see it....good luck
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Maybe the chicks feathers didnt grow as long as it should have in the egg.
     
  4. John T

    John T Out Of The Brooder

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    My work computer filters the photobucket images. [​IMG]
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    were the temps in your incubator high or uneven?
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Looks like the chick was probably a bit damp in the egg, such that the humidity was a bit high and so it hatched out sticky, so all the feathers are stuck together and is rough b/c it dried up. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  7. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, I don't know, but maybe a form of "clubbed down" or wiry down? That's caused by a vitamin B deficiency in the breeder birds...
     
  8. tabsmonsters

    tabsmonsters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, thanks! My temps and humidity were pretty even throughout incubation. This is the only chick to hatch like that (out of 16 so far) so it kinda stumped me. How would you correct a vit B deficiency? It just looks to me like maybe they weren't finished growing out. Thanks for all your replies!
    Tabby
     
  9. coopist

    coopist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd think soluble vitamins in the water could help.
     
  10. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one hatch like that. It turned out fine. A couple of weeks later I couldn't tell which one it was.
     

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