Has anyone had a chicken that just doesn't grow at the same rate as the other chickens?
We bought 6 black sex links at TSC on April 30. They appeared to be anywhere from 5-10 days old...Most had a few started feathers on the wings but nothing else.
Of the 6, one appears to not be a black sex link. it appears to be a barred rock. We debated if it was a roo because of the barring, but the appearance and character of the chicken is making us think that it is just a barred rock hen.
One other of the six is much smaller then the others. We had those chicks along with a few who were a week or two older. All the other chickens are growing much larger then this chicken. She never extends her neck that I have seen and tends to hide under the other chickens like a young chick would. She also isn't trying to fly and by keeping her body so close to the ground it's hard to get a good picture of her. I am growing concerned that she is so much smaller then our other chickens. We have about 4 potential roos out of 11 chickens and I don't want her getting hurt. There is plenty of food and water so she down't have to fight for it.
Is it possible that she is also a different / smaller breed?
Do chickens of the same breed, sex and age vary a lot in size?
Here are some chick pics though it may be hard to understand the size difference.
Our 'regular BSL chicks'
Our assumed barred rock
our 'little' chick