Buff Orp chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rowrena, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. rowrena

    rowrena Just Hatched

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    Just got 4 new chicks within the last couple days. 2 SL, one SLW, and one is a Buff O. 3 are about a week old, but I'm not sure about the Buff. She seems slower than the other chicks, and when she walks, it almost looks like a waddling kind of walk. Her wing feathers also seem less developed than the other chicks, with a split section that almost like her wing feathers look like two fingers. She is eating, drinking, pooping well. She sleeps more than the other chicks and seems a little off balance sometimes. I wonder if something is wrong, or she's just younger? Also the SLW (who is the biggest right now) is kind of a bully and pecks at her and the other chicks.

    New to raising chicks, so any advice helpful. Thanks.
     
  2. WillGriffin03

    WillGriffin03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just an early hatchling. Give her time
     
  3. peeper89

    peeper89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she may be younger. give TLC see if she drink good.
     
  4. rowrena

    rowrena Just Hatched

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    Thanks for your replies. Today her wing feathers seem more developed (connected) without the obvious split. She still sleeps more than the rest, and doesn't stand as tall. I know I'm probably worrying too much, but this Buff was the one my 6 year old wanted the most, so I'm keeping a close watch on her. It's one thing to research and learn all the 'raising chicks' information- it's quite another when the little fuzzbutts are actually here!
     
  5. rowrena

    rowrena Just Hatched

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    Update, she died two days after the last post. Just never did thrive. No pasty butt, no problems eating or drinking, just lethargic and smaller than the other chicks. Sad.
     
  6. DourS

    DourS Just Hatched

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    I had one of my 6 BOs act exactly like that. She also died.
    I figured she was weak from the start. But im new at this. Other 5 are doing great.
     
  7. rowrena

    rowrena Just Hatched

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    Yeah, we ended up getting another one and she's doing just fine. I just wish I knew what the cause was. I'd hate to think my inexperience may have missed an obvious solution. Who knows? Maybe there is something BO's are prone to that I'm unaware of. Best of luck to yours.


     
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