Are Speckled Sussexes slow growers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tiny529, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. tiny529

    tiny529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just looking at my chicks and my Speckled Sussex looks so much smaller than everyone else. Her wing feathers are shorter and she has no tail too. A friend of mine who has Speckled Sussex chicks says that hers have been maturing more slowly than her other chicks, but I wanted to see if anyone here has noticed the same of their chicks.
     
  2. Cab the Mane

    Cab the Mane Out Of The Brooder

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    Bizzarely, my speckled sussex chick is developing strikingly fast, and also seems to be the quickest learner.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I didn't notice that with my two speckled sussex, both hens.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My SS developed quickly. I have a pullet. Usually no tail indicates roo. My SS was really small as a chick, so small that I thought she was a bantam. My SS is 15-16 weeks and grew quite nicely and caught up in size these last two weeks.
     
  5. tiny529

    tiny529 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sure hope that she isn't a roo. [​IMG] I already lost my Brahma. I'd hate to lose my Sussex too.
     
  6. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 RIRs and 1 SS. So far, my SS has been feathering out MUCH slower than my RIRs. She (he?) also doesn't have a tail yet which has me slightly concerned. My RIRs started showing tail feathers when they were 1.5 weeks old. They're 3.5 weeks old so far.
     
  7. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first 2 SS girls seemed to grow really slow they came from a breeder, but eventually caught up, these last 5 girls that I got are just 11 weeks old and almost as big as my older hens These 5 are hatchery. They have been out in the coop with the big girls for about 3 weeks and doing great, Of course when they see Maisy (EE) coming up to them they scream and run. but she is the Dominant Hen out there and she makes sure they know it. She doesn't hurt them really just little pecks here and there and a little chase once in a while. But they are very close to her size too. So if this question would have come up before my new babies came along I would say yes they are but now I would have to say they quick growers and smarter than the average chicken. LOL Sorry just had to say that because SS are my bird of choice never met one I didn't like![​IMG]
     
  8. JulB

    JulB Out Of The Brooder

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    My SS roo was much slower than the pullet, the tail feather especially. You may have a roo.
     
  9. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 week old SS's, BR's, BO's, GLW, EE's, Columbian Rock's and an Australorp....20 in all. Of them all, the SS's are the slowest, still don't have much in the way of tails. The BO's feathered out the fastest,
     
  10. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is Maple at one week.

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    Here is my Maple at three weeks old. She has a pretty good sized tail under her enormous wings.

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    I've noticed some female chicks do feather much slower then others in every breed. My cochin pullet didnt start feathering until she was 5 weeks old.
     
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