Chicks’ feather growth

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Is there a spe­cific se­quence in which chicks grow their feath­ers?

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Andy Cawthray says: Gen­er­ally feath­ers will de­velop in more or less the same or­der. Wing feath­ers de­velop first dur­ing the first week as th­ese will help with mo­bil­ity. Tail (and shoul­der) feath­ers ap­pear next as th­ese help with bal­ance. Next comes the back and breast usu­ally around the third week, then the rest of the body and fi­nally the head in the fifth week.

Chick feath­ers gen­er­ally de­velop in the same or­der

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