Young chicks and feathering in

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sonic Pug, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Sonic Pug

    Sonic Pug Songster

    Are there some breeds that make sooner progress feathering in as young chicks or is it just a male/female thing as some people suggest? At just one and a half weeks old, it seems my Easter Eggers are feathering in so quickly while my Brahmas are still like newly hatched chicks. Thanks for the reply.

  2. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    We're newbies to chickens -but our White Leghorns were divided in their feathering in - seems 2 had wing feathers and tail feathers early and 3 had them later. By 1.5 weeks - the "girls" had long tail feathers and long wing feathers. The "boys" are just now getting their tail feathers and have had long and short wing feathers since 1.5 weeks old.

    This is one of my girls on the right at 1 week old, the other pic she's at 2 weeks old by the feeder

    Here's one of the boys from 2 weeks old

    Here they are today at almost 3 weeks old: [​IMG]

    My girls with their long tails and short combs

    My roo with his short tail and tall comb

    Clever boy - he hopped from that feeder onto the side while I snapped the pic of the girls then jumped onto the other feeder quickly to get his second shot
  3. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I have four breeds and my Brahmas feathered in first. I have no clue.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    There is a difference in how males and females feather out, but there is also a gene that controls fast of slow feather growth. It can be breed related but does not have to be. It is the gene that enables you to feather sex chicks if the parents are pure for it in the right way. Slow feathering is dominant when they are split.

    Show quality Barred Rocks need the slow feathering gene. With the slow feathering gene, the bars come in crisp and clean. If they have the fast feathering gene, the barring is jumbled and messy, more like a Cuckoo pattern than sharp barring.

    So there is a gene that controls it and that gene tends to follow certain breeds, but it is not impossible for those specific genes to get mixed up.
  5. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Songster

    Jun 30, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    I love the pictures!

    You guys are awesome. I'm loving the information!

  6. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    I think it may be a little bit of everything from sex to breed to nutrition to individual chicken. Our welsummer and easter egger have out-feathered our barred rock and australorp by a good week, with our dominique being the slowest.
  7. Real McChicks

    Real McChicks In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    I asked something like that last week. Three of our chicks (2.5 weeks) are very feathered- full wings, substantial tails, feathers coming in on their backs and chests. Those three are BR, RIR and EE. Our fourth chick is a Red Star and definitely has a slow feathering gene - she only has short wing feathers and started getting the signs of a tail in the past 2 days. She still looks like a fluffy chick and they look like mini-chickens.

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