Hi eveveryone My son has been given 2 plymouth rock chicks male & female(she has cocci) they are 7 weeks old and they dont have a lot of feathers on the and still mostly down. They are a good size. I have been told the mature slowly. Can any give some info about this later maturing, anything I might need to know about the breed ie: temperment... and if they need to have a warm light on because of the lack of feathers. Cheers linda
HI Linda I would put a light on the birds in this weather it will not need to be a full brooder light I use a 75/100 watt globe if you can find one if not use one of the new type but keep it as low as you can go they will cuddle up or move away as they need to as for the rest I hope someone can help you out I have not got a clue sorry for that but good luck they were on my wish list so I will be interested in what continues with this Trev
I have lots of Plymouths and yes they do seem to mature slowly. Mine even loose their down when they are only half covered in feathers. They look freaky. As I have lots they snuggle in together with their hatching buddies and do just fine. I would worry if there were only 1 or 2 however. Not all of my plymouths grow their feathers like this however. A small percentage are "normal".
I find the Plymouths are drama queens when picked up or picked on but other than that they are a great chook (and they add a bit of colour to the pen). They are always commented on by visitors. I have never had a nasty hen or rooster but look out when they are broody or have hatched babies!!
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