3 week old baby chick not growing - is she sick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dweder, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. dweder

    dweder Songster

    Jun 12, 2010
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    I have a 3 week old Columbian Wyandotte that is not growing. She is still in full baby down with only a few small wing feathers. I see her eat, but not until her crop is full. I make sure to feed her food with moisture, since I never see her drink. Her energy level is very high and she keeps up with the others.

    Is this common?
    Do I have to force feed her?
    Will she ultimately grow like normal?

    Any/all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm loosing sleep over my little midget.
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Since her energy level is fine, I'd not worry too much. You could always separate her out so you could monitor both water/food intake. Our `buttless' Black Sex Link is still the 5yr. old `runt' and, unlike her sisters, has no tail feathers to fan to-and-fro, as she never grew any.

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