BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Raising Baby Chicks › Quick questions...One chick growing "slower" than the rest.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Quick questions...One chick growing "slower" than the rest.

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

So we have 8 chicks. They are all almost 4 weeks old and growing fast as chicks do. But we have one chick, a Cuckoo Maran, that is just small. She seems to be growing as well, but not as fast as the others. She just kind of hangs back when the others run to the food in the morning, then eats when they are done. She isn't as active as the others, but we still find her sitting calmly on a roost or on top of the feeder, etc...every now and then. 

 

I am hoping she's just a runt and isn't having any problems. Her fluff/feathers look just like the others, only smaller. We've checked her for any visual issues and don't see anything. 

 

Thoughts?

post #2 of 6
This is just a guess, but maybe she is a bantam? I'm not really sure, but as long as she's growing and sort of active it should be okay. Just keep an eye on her. Are the other chicks the same breed and gender?
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pineapple416 View Post

This is just a guess, but maybe she is a bantam? I'm not really sure, but as long as she's growing and sort of active it should be okay. Just keep an eye on her. Are the other chicks the same breed and gender?

Breed, yes...one other just like it.  As far as gender...i think so. 

post #4 of 6
Did you get straight run chicks or all pullets? I suppose If you got straight run chicks the others might be cockerels and she might be a pullet. Cockerels do have different personalities. This probably isn't right but I think it is something to look at. I have had a couple cockerels, and I think the best way to tell them apart is by their combs. Most pullets don't get bright redish combs until about the time they start to lay eggs. Cockerels get them much earlier. My cockerel Tilly is 5.5 weeks old and has a bright red comb. So in the next few weeks, look for signs of cockerels. Hopefully this helps.
Edited by pineapple416 - 4/11/16 at 6:25am
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pineapple416 View Post

Did you get straight run chicks or all pullets? I suppose If you got straight run chicks the others might be cockerels and she might be a pullet. Cockerels do have different personalities. This probably isn't right but I think it is something to look at. I have had a couple cockerels, and I think the best way to tell them apart is by their combs. Most pullets don't get bright redish combs until about the time they start to lay eggs. Cockerels get them much earlier. My cockerel Tilly is 5.5 weeks old and has a bright red comb. So in the next few weeks, look for signs of cockerels. Hopefully this helps.

They should be all pullets (at least we hope so). But i'll be watching for sure. They are almost 4 weeks old now.

post #6 of 6
Well, let me know how she does. Good luck!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Raising Baby Chicks
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Raising Baby Chicks › Quick questions...One chick growing "slower" than the rest.