2 Chicks with "stunted growth" advice needed.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JRSherlock, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. JRSherlock

    JRSherlock In the Brooder

    May 28, 2016
    Hi, I recently adopted 2 baby chicks that are suffering from stunted growth. That is what I was told by the guy who gave them to me. He has a small hatchery and on a visit last week-end he showed me the chicks and asked if I would take them on. We are trying to re-hab them and get them up to par.
    I already have a small flock of bantams. The new chicks will remain separate from the group until they are ready to be integrated.
    Any advice from anyone who has re-habbed a stunted chick? I raised plenty of chicken, but have never seen this before. I felt so bad for the little guys I just couldn't say no.
    We have named one Buzzard because her head had been pecked almost bald from her fellow brooder mates. They are super sweet. They eat well, drink and go to the bathroom just fine, they are just "stunted".
    About 5 weeks old now, but only look the size of a week old chick.

  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    All I think you can do is anything to maximize their digestion and absorption of food in the hopes that their gut just isn't working properly. If it's something genetic, for example a growth hormone deficiency, I don't think you'll be able to help much.
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