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Advice on a very tiny chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CaliSarah, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. CaliSarah

    CaliSarah In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2015
    Hello all :)
    I recently acquired four five week old chicks from a coworker. She has a large farm so she wasn't sure what breeds exactly they were, which I was ok with because I just love having chickens and I had recently lost my Easter Egger to a hawk :(
    Two of the chicks are "normal" sized and are getting their adult feathers, the third is shortly behind but a little smaller. The last chick I am a little worried about - it still looks pretty much like when I got them, maybe some tiny adult feathers. I've read about "failure to thrive" chicks and am hoping this isn't the case. Was hoping for some advice on what I should be doing. It eats well and is a normal chick in every other aspect. (It's dark here now, but I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow morning)
    Thank you in advance.

  2. GodofPecking

    GodofPecking Songster

    Dec 16, 2015
    It won't eat much so just keep it for ages and hope that it's ok. I get the idea that if you act too fast maybe, just maybe, but probably not, that the big ones are Roosters, which are not sort-after for the egg laying abilities, and the smaller one is a hen. getting rid of the hen would be like OOPS. but that's probably not it. she doesn't eat much so I'd just wait ages, let it have what life it can until it becomes sick and / or in pain.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Is the chick a different breed than the others? Could be a bantam, which would be smaller initially, or it could be just a slow grower. If it is eating, drinking, pooping and running around doing little chick things, I would just keep an eye on it. It will most likely catch up. Pictures of chicks are always welcome, love to see them.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    I have an Easter Egger like that. Bumblebee was way tinier than the others...strong, ate well, had no problem pushing her way under the heating pad cave even if it meant she shoved biggers one out of her way, but boy she was little. She was slower to feather out and to me she always looked like a baby robin. She's not a Bantam, but she's still not as big as the other Easter Eggers. She's one our favorites - she's just a tough little girl and she lays well.

    Don't despair - you may well just have a Bumblebee on your hands and you'll have a soft spot for her for a long time to come.

    Bumblebee and the Twins....all the same batch of chicks.

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  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    These are so sweet Blooie!

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