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5 month old runt pullet

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shannoniganshens, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Shannoniganshens

    Shannoniganshens Chirping

    Jul 25, 2010
    West TX
    O.k, so I went to my regular chicken man, to buy some pullets, I lost 3 to my dogs , one was my nine year old sons, so he goes to pick him out a new baby. He automatically picks out this Rhode Island White pullet, chicken man won't sell him her to him, but gives her to him. This little girl is 5 months old and the size of my 8 week old chicks, my 8 week olds are bigger than her!!!!!! She's obviously been beat up and teased by her "sisters". My question is, will she live a long normal life? We've got her in a small pen in the house, food and water, went ahead and gave her medicated starter, we bathed her, and now she is sitting next to me on a heating pad and a lamp over her.

    Here she is ,shes very sweet, small thing, the 4 other I bought are way bigger, chicken man said she would die, and I would like to know what the chances are? We're already attached but ready for the best and/or worse? [​IMG] Anyone had a wee ittle runt live long and happy?
  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Runts usually do survive if you take special care of them as you are doing.

    I currently have a 15 week old Brahma who was sgraggly, bottom twisted and half the size of the others. She is now 15 weeks old and has caught up in size, though still has a twisted butt.

    I have a Border Collie dog. He was weighing in at under 2 pounds whilst his siblings were over 6. He is now three and a half years old and is small but sleek, full of life and very loving.

    I have a little ewe...smallest lamb the farmer who gave her to me had ever seen (and not worth bottle feeding he thought having been abandoned by her mum).Well aged nearly three she has successfully produced big healthy lambs in the last two years.

    I could go on 'cos I've got more. I'm a bit of a runt specialist.

    Continue to take extra care of your little white pullet she is likely to grow very fast and may even outstrip her counterparts. Keep us posted,

  3. Shannoniganshens

    Shannoniganshens Chirping

    Jul 25, 2010
    West TX
    Thank you so much!!!!!! This is where our hopes were and will continue to stay. Chicken man had a bunch of them in one small cage and told me I didn't want her for him because the runt always dies. I've had runt babies, dogs,cats, rats, and guinea pigs, never anything wrong with them, they always caught up. We were thinking maybe runt chickens were diff. because they were chickens . Thank you very much, I will continue caring for her, we've named her princess. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010
  4. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I had a runt too once.....so small i was sure it was a bantam. We named her midget, but called her midge. i was afraid she would be too small for the eggs she might need to pass.
    Well, at the last minute, she caught up to the others, and was maybe a tiny bit smaller, but you would not notice it. So yours might catch up yet.

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