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Bantam or dwarf? UPDATED w/pics

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by greenguys, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

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    our 6 chicks are now almost 5 weeks old and really getting big --- except for one little girl. She was always smaller than the rest but now, 5 weeks later, she is still half the size of the others.

    while they are getting tall with longer necks, she is simply growing a little bit at a time, getting a little rounder and looks more like a chick than the rest of them.

    Could someone have mixed in a bantam? Or are there "runt" chicks? If she stays 1/2 the size of the rest, will it be safe to keep her with the others? They don't seem to be picking on her or anything --- just low on the totem pole when it comes to feed time.

    thanks for any advice....

    Greg
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Do you know what breeds your chicks are?

    It's quite possible that she just a runt or she could be a Bantam, big help, huh?

    Where did you get the chicks from?


    Dawn
     
  3. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

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    we thought we were buying Rhode Island Reds but someone else pointed out they were red sex-links.

    we got them from TSC.
     
  4. ladyj

    ladyj Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] i bought some bantams from atwoods and one of my girls is really tiny found out thru research she is a porcaline(?) think i got really lucky as they are really hard to find. maybe you got lucky too.
     
  5. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm working in our store right now. Will take a pic in the morning and post it. She did, however, look like all the rest of the chicks (in color, I mean) when we got them --- just smaller.

    I think I posted incorrectly....someone said they were gold sex-links before, not red. Frankly, I have no idea.
     
  6. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looking forward to seeing the pics [​IMG]
     
  7. greenguys

    greenguys Out Of The Brooder

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    here she is alongside two of the others for comparison (front, right):
    [​IMG]

    and here she is showing off by herself:

    [​IMG]


    while we're at it, (now that they are older), they are sex-links, right?

    thanks,
    Greg
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  8. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had that happen with one of my australorps. It was 1/4 or 1/3 the size of all the others and i thought the same thing, must be a bantam. In the last 4-6 weeks before laying age, she caught right up. I think its a wait an see thing. It could be a runt, or a bantam.

    here is a pic.... the 2 black chicks are the exact same age and both full sized now.

    BTW....welcome [​IMG]

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  9. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the size difference (might be the pic) doesn't look that big of a difference to me...I can see a BIG difference in the black birds, but not so much in the tan ones... [​IMG]
     

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