8 week chicks not growing!!

chickeneyfoot

Chirping
8 Years
Dec 17, 2011
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I have 13 babyies that are 8 weeks old. I feed them flock raiser(puryna).
They r austr,red-sexs,blueaund,leghors,and ees.

They are half the lenth of my bantam ees but, same height.
I feel like they are growing very slow. they've been off the light for 2 weeks..
 

GARYZZ1

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 15, 2011
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Try CHICK STARTER FEED , Has all the right stuff till 12wks. Then GROWER till they start laying, then layer feed...
 

TrystInn

Songster
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
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A few questions:

How big is their area?
What's the temperature range in their area day and evening - from high to low (should be roughly 60F at night)?
Are they free-feeding?
Are you providing any electrolytes?
How's their water intake?
When did you put them outside?
Have they been dewormed?
 

chickeneyfoot

Chirping
8 Years
Dec 17, 2011
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feed them medicated chick starter. that feed could be to high in somthing stunting ther growth.

The shop ran out gotta wait for 2 more weeks. And flock is all they have
 

TrystInn

Songster
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
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Mostly that sounds okay, does their pen have a shade? I'm concerned about the size of your pen though - a 4 x 7 isn't big enough for 13 birds - that's 2 feet per bird. Deworming can stunt them temporarily, but they should rally pretty quickly if done correctly. The night temps are a little low, but as long as they were fully feathered they should acclimate, though that may also slow them down for awhile.

You can try a green light to encourage growth in their coop at night, a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening or even a green tarp or roofing over their pen.
 

chickeneyfoot

Chirping
8 Years
Dec 17, 2011
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I think the run is fine. I have a roosting bar in there so they roost too. What does green lights do?
 

TrystInn

Songster
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
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The general space allowance for standard sized birds is generally considered to be:

outdoor run - minimum 4 square feet per bird
inside the coop - minimum of 2-3 square feet per bird

Green light encourages birds to eat and move, both of which encourages muscle growth.
 

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