Originally Posted by Cedarknob
It's hard to say whether that's a CX or not. I've sometimes gotten a chick that I refer to as an FTT [failure to thrive] chick, both in CX that I've ordered and from chicks that I've hatched. If they even live past a week of age, they grow and feather very slowly, and usually die before reaching processing size from a stress the others took in stride. I recently lost a White Ameraucana chick that had, I thought, turned the corner and was starting to look more like a normal chick. It didn't make it through one of the recent days of 100 + degree days.
So far so good, we're at six+ weeks now and the runts are still seemingly healthy and very active. This is the most active bunch of cx I've had yet and have lost two so far, one to a hawk and one to an accident. There was one in my last batch that never did feather out, he grew just fine, just never got many feathers. Thanks for the reply!