When are they fully feathered?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by UBkevy, May 10, 2009.

  1. UBkevy

    UBkevy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when is a chicken normally fully feathered. I figure some breeds mature slower but your average say sex link? Mine are at about 4 weeks and seem to be almost done but, I am wondering if the end of the feathering process lingures on. That and when is it safe for sure for them to handel a bit of cold say low 40-45?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    By eight weeks I think you can consider them fully feathered.
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    But don't some chickens feather in faster when necessary? I know I've seen people post on here about how their outside broody raised chicks feathered in faster than their heat-lamp human raised chicks, so I don't think it's a hard, fast, certain age.

    Mine are 4 weeks and pretty feathered, but still getting their head feathers. What do they actually *look* like when "fully feathered" is what I want to know since I don't have any adult chickens to compare to.
     
  4. codybird

    codybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tala.

    New to this chicken thing.

    I wondered about the fully feathered question and have decided that the first time I look at my BSL's and think "That looks like a real chicken" instead of "That almost looks like a real chicken", .......... they will be fully feathered.

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  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yes, that's why I said 8 weeks. Some folks will keep their chicks under the heat lamp for that long. I took the heat lamp away at 5 1/2 weeks. You be the judge as to whether or not they were feathered out - my dark brahma chicks at 5 weeks old:

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  6. UBkevy

    UBkevy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so for a dumby like me it means at 8 weeks they are basicly small chickens not large chicks haha
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yep, you got it. By eight weeks most look like minature versions of adults.
     
  8. ellyn

    ellyn Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm on my 2nd batch of 5 and call them "middle schoolers" at 3-5 weeks. I was hoping to get them out earlier then the first 5 that went out to the coop around 7-8 weeks, but I think I'm gonna have to wait the first girls will be so much bigger and it's starting to get colder around here.

    Off to refresh about transition them to coop with other chickens.
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  9. gypsydragonfly

    gypsydragonfly Out Of The Brooder

    Hello,
    Was wondering if chickens get feathers under there wings? mine are 6 weeks old and are fully feathered except for there head feathers
    Also I want to put them outside in there coop with a heat lamp at night but am not sure if they can handle the temps 30s-40s at night as they were under a heat lamp for the whole 6 weeks of there life so they are use to be heat but I'm taking heat away during the day
     

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