I have two barred Rock chicks and 7 mixed bantams that I bought a week ago that are housed together in the brooder. They are about a week and a half old. I did a search, and the only threads that I found were about cornish x's, which the general consensus for the cornish is that they have bare breasts, b/c they lay on their bellies a lot and they grow so fast. Is this normal for a barred rock? Is it an indicator of disease or a problem? They aren't lethargic, are usually up and around when I check on them, but I have noticed that sometimes they sleep sprawled out over their waterer! I fish them out and set them somewhere else when I see that, because I know chicks aren't supposed to get wet. Could this be what is causing the naked bellies?
- Mother of 5, Prisoner to None