I have a lavendar orp and a gold laced cochin (not a bantam). The lav is 4 weeks old. The cochin is 3 weeks old.
They are growing. Slowly. So very slowly.
I don't recall any other chicks I've raised to grow so slowly.
I've had issues with this batch. first lav died within 24 hours, first blue cochin died in less than a week and an egyptian fayoumis died in less than another week.
First lav was hatched the day I picked her up and I attribute her loss to just didn't do well after hatch and didn't make it.
The cochin - no clue what that was, she had pasty butt for a short while (like just over night) and it was fine and then she died
the egyptian - i think that was failure to thrive. Poor baby just never could stay warm either.
It's been about a week and a half now and hopefully I'm done losing birds.
A few people suggested the cochin died due to cocci, so everybody was treated and then the egyptian died. I don't think any of this was cocci.
But does corid at such a young age slow their growth at all?
They have been brooded outside from day one. It has been 85 during the day here and 50s/60s at night. They run around supervised for an hour or more at a time usually 2x a day. They sleep in a great dane sized kennel with light on the porch with sand (was towels). They spend the days in the yard in a 6x3 "pen" when they aren't running around while supervised.
My last 2 girls (picked up end of Feb) were fully feathered at 4 weeks and much bigger.
The slower feathering I'm guessing is due to heat (or boys or who knows, hopefully not roos).
I have an orpington and don't recall her being this small. Never had a cochin.
Any thoughts? Or are they really not as small as I think they are?