Baby Buff Orpington Not Growing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sundevilbudog, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. sundevilbudog

    sundevilbudog Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014
    About two weeks ago we picked up six baby chicks to start our chicken family. We got two each of Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucanas, and Blue Australorps. One of the Buff Orpingtons is not growing like the rest. They are about three weeks old and she is falling behind in size! She eats and drinks with no issues, but she does some strange things. At times she will gasp for air and sleep off on her own. Other times she seems just fine and is amongst her sisters playing, etc... This has been going for about a week or so.

    Regular cleaning of the brooder, fresh water, heat lamp, and they are on chick starter crumble.

    Any thoughts on what might be going on or what we could do to see if we can change things for her?


    Brian and Robin
  2. Pinkaboo

    Pinkaboo Songster

    May 12, 2014
    Cornwall in the UK
    Maybe she isn't a buff Orpington but a smaller breed?
    Or just a very small version!
    My last maran to hatch was assisted and is half the size of the others
    Still staging round the brooder backwards but improving daily

    If it was me I'd give some fits and egg scrambled, or boiled
  3. sundevilbudog

    sundevilbudog Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014

    The runt and her big sister.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    She may just be slow to grow especially if she is the "runt." She should catch up soon enough.

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