Wing feathers curling in lavender orp.

Sweetchicks72

Chirping
5 Years
May 8, 2015
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I'm brand spanking new to chickens! I've been raising chicks for about 8 weeks now. I have a 3 week old lavender Orpington we've named "fifty-fifty" I picked it up from a friend who bought 10 from a breeder. This little chick has weird wing feathers, they're not coming in straight or laying flat. Instead they are curled. Is this something anyone has seen before? Is it fixable, will s/he outgrow it? My friends lavenders are not showing any signs of this. I don't plan on breeding, just wanted eggs and "pets". But this chick is still so tiny I wasn't sure if the wing issue was indicative of an underlying problem. And if anyone has tips on sexing orpingtons I'd love to hear them! I have a blue and splash that are looking a tad different. TIA
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BlessedCountry6

Songster
5 Years
Mar 8, 2014
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what are you feeding the chick? I went to a cheap food for my 2nd batch of chicks and their feathers weren't looking so hot. I switched back to the purina chick feed and that helped. also do you just have chicks? our ducks would ruffle the chick feathers too. I have two lavender orpingtons and I love their color!
 

junebuggena

Crowing
Apr 17, 2015
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Almost looks like a Frizzle. If this chick is much smaller than the rest of the chicks the same age, it might be a bantam. As long it is a healthy and active chick, enjoy your little oddity. And blue birds will range from dark grey to steel blue. And the splash will range from light grey to white. A blue has a single dilute gene and a splash has two dilute genes. Post them on a gender thread when they are over four weeks old.
 

Sweetchicks72

Chirping
5 Years
May 8, 2015
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Yes just chicks. The same feed I've been feeding all along. Nutrena nature wise, Medicated crumbles. All 10 of my birds have been on it.

Fifty-fifty was with 2 bigger girls they were about 3 weeks older. I never saw them being mean to her but I suppose that could have happened. She used to stand underneath the taller black australorp now that I think about it. Maybe that has something to do with this? I moved the bigger girls out to the coop recently and fifty-fifty got 2 new orps friends who are the same age as her--not related. Their wing feathers look perfect.
 

BlessedCountry6

Songster
5 Years
Mar 8, 2014
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peace, hope and country
Yes just chicks. The same feed I've been feeding all along. Nutrena nature wise, Medicated crumbles. All 10 of my birds have been on it.

Fifty-fifty was with 2 bigger girls they were about 3 weeks older. I never saw them being mean to her but I suppose that could have happened. She used to stand underneath the taller black australorp now that I think about it. Maybe that has something to do with this? I moved the bigger girls out to the coop recently and fifty-fifty got 2 new orps friends who are the same age as her--not related. Their wing feathers look perfect.


She should b good then. My lavenders have fluffy feathers and the rest of my flock has reg feathers. So it could be the lighter feathers making her look that way.
 

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