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Whats wrong with chicks feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ccoomber, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. ccoomber

    ccoomber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I have a 9 weeks old Bantam Rhode Island Red, who has very odd looking feathers. They look almost slightly greasy (shiny) and the most of the feathers are all split? Otherwise healthy chick! [​IMG]

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    Any help would be appreciated! I am also posting this chick in Guess the Gender, I thought Hen but she's feisty, so maybe Roo??
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    That's a roo...

    Not sure about the feathers though [​IMG]

    ETA: The feathers are shiny because he is a roo [​IMG]

    Just poor quality feathers. This happens before moult to mine.
     
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What kind of feed?
     
  4. ccoomber

    ccoomber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Organic growers pellets, she's only 10 weeks old. All the other chicks are normal looking? But different parents.
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Organic growers pellets, she's only 10 weeks old. All the other chicks are normal looking? But different parents.

    Why are you calling him a she? This is definitely a boy.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Organic growers pellets, she's only 10 weeks old. All the other chicks are normal looking? But different parents.

    Well the feed sounds great...sorry then I have no advice!!!
     
  7. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely a rooster with normal shiny rooster feathers.
     
  8. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Yup. That's a boy. And those feathers seem perfectly normal.

    Good luck.
     
  9. ccoomber

    ccoomber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:But the feathers are all split and Raggy?? Tis is my 4 year owning chickens and his feathers look so different from all my other chooks??
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:But the feathers are all split and Raggy?? Tis is my 4 year owning chickens and his feathers look so different from all my other chooks??

    You know, I have to say that I had forgotten about a few chickens that I had bought and kept awhile that had that same look- the broody hen came with two chicks, and both the hen and one of the chicks had that "split feather" look. Maybe it is genetic?
     

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