What's going on? Feathers sticking out this way and that

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Johnboy78, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Got eight chicks. 5 weeks old.

    The smallest, a Yokohama, has feathers that stick out.
    They don't lay down like the others. A few seem to stick out
    from the sides like cat whiskers.

    The other Yokohama's feathers (and the rest of the chicks)
    lay closer to the body.

    When I'm hanging around watching I don't see other chicks
    harassing this one. I've found a few feathers in the brooder
    but they've belonged to one of the Hamburgs, no white Yokohama
    feathers floating about on their own. There is no evidence of blood
    or scabs on the skin

    As I mentioned it is the smallest chick, smaller than the other Yokohama
    and it is also the least feathered, although both Yokohamas are feathering out
    more slowly than the other breeds.

    While it is the runt of the group it is as active as the rest, it eats and drinks
    and does not appear to be unhealthy.

    Do I have cause for concern or is this something that just happens sometimes?
     
  2. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be a frizzled? I got a frizzled cochin and it was smaller and took much longer to feather out than the others.
     
  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say frizzle also...
     
  4. Whiskey Bay

    Whiskey Bay Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. Do you have any pictures? [​IMG]
     
  6. Johnboy78

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    Pics.

    This one likes to dig out a hole in the shavings and lay in it, leaning on one side then the other, kicking out shavings and making a little pit. After she gets as deep as she can I've seen her stick her head under the shavings.
    She's the only one to engage in this behavior
     
  7. Whiskey Bay

    Whiskey Bay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I don't have any pics,but my mottled lavender orp was actually a lil worse than this with the feathering.At about 8 weeks old,he still looked just a few weeks and only had wing feathering which was a lil wilder than yours,but not frizzled.Frizzled is basically a curling of the feather,whereas mine was misdirectional feathers. At 4 mos old he could still fit in my hands while his hatchmates were huge.He started going downhill afterwards,so I ended up culling him.
     
  8. Johnboy78

    Johnboy78 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm hopeful.
    The little runt is the smallest of the bunch but still she's
    about 80-85% the size of her Yoko sister, not fair to compare her
    to the RIRs that are 3 times her size.
    She's as active as the rest, and has a good appetite.
    I can't find any evidence of parasites.

    She does look ratty though.
    Maybe she's just a punk chick.
     
  9. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:taking a dust bath...fun to watch!! Normal and necessary to get rid of pests...mites etc...
     

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