Young chicken feathering...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamachicken888, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. mamachicken888

    mamachicken888 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    East Oklahoma
    All of our chickens arrived on Sept. 1st making them just about 6 weeks old. They are growing soooo fast. I think we're feeding them too good! [​IMG]

    So, in the last week, they have all passed from the mangey looking stage into having complete feathers all over including up their necks and all over their heads.

    But, now something weird is happening we can't identify. It's not with all of them, but with more than one. There's a group of feathers on their backs starting to bunch up making them look kind of hunchbacked. Is this just a normal growth pattern that we haven't seen yet, being newbies?

  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    I have a Marans chick like that also. It feels like a hunchback and not feathers, I haven't decided what to do yet with him. My chicks will be used for breeding so I will just be watching him a little longer and watching. Have you pick it up and ran your fingers over it to see if it is actually feathers or hunchbacked?
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    back and tail feathers. Very normal as there back and tail feathers fill in.

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