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I have 9 Orpington chicks and they are a few weeks old. I have noticed that one seems a little less active than all the rest. He seems like he is always lying down. Even when the others are stepping all over him, he doesn't seem bothered. I don't know if I am overreacting. Maybe he is just a calm, relaxed chick? He does walk around sometimes. He doesn't have pasty butt. Any suggestions? I thought about putting him in his own private brooder so they all wouldn't be stepping all over him and bothering him if he felt bad. He cried so bad that I decided to put him back with his siblings. I am new to this and would appreciate any tips. What feathers he does have seem kind of ruffled almost like a cat when it makes it's hair stand up.I don't know if that means anything.

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Are they on medicated chick food?  It may be showing symptoms of cocci.

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Mom to 3 boys, 2 Dogs, 1 Parrot, 12 Chickens, and Wife to a Great Hubby.

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I gave them medicated starter the first couple of weeks, but they are not on it now. I will research cocci and see what I think. Thank you.
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Once in a while one will just not grow and thrive due to some internal problem, unless others start becoming sick I would wait and see, make sure they are not too warm, keep them clean and uncrowded with fresh clean water, good luck.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you so much for your advice. Being new to this, I really value the opinions of folks like you willing to share their knowledge. :)

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