Although my chicks are all about the same in body development at 5-6 weeks old, I've noticed that the Auracana chicks have had more developed feathers from day one than the Rhode Island.

I also found a picture online of a two-day-old Auracana with plenty of wing feathers. Does this breed get feathers really early? Do some even hatch out with feathers?

Aside from this it's been really interesting watching these aruacanas get their adult feathers. One chick which was all pale yellow at one week is now cream with really pretty orange-red feathers on her neck and head. The other one has feathered out looking like a grouse with black and brown checkered feathers.