chicken runt?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cloverhillsfarm, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. cloverhillsfarm

    cloverhillsfarm In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2018
    So I may have made a bad choice when I bought chicks this spring. New Country Organics feed store is nearby and they were offering a few different breeds of day old chicks in February. I have no idea what hatchery they came from. I know-bad idea, right? But, in the fall I ordered 7 day old chicks from My Pet Chicken and had a terrible experience. I spent over $100, only to have 1 die the day after she arrived and 2 turn out to be roosters. So, I only have 4 laying hens and we really wanted about 6-8. Unfortunately, getting small orders of chicks from the well known hatcheries is either impossible or very expensive. The local store let me order 4 day old sexed chicks for the bargain price of $14. Now they are almost 4 weeks old. 2 are supposed to be welsummer females and 2 "ameraucanas," but they are really EEs. One of them is TINY. She is less than half the size of the other 3. I think she is an EE, but honestly the breeds look so similar that I'm not entirely sure. She was always smaller than the other 3, but only by a little bit when we first got the chicks. Now it is like I have a 1 wk old chick in with 4 wk old chicks. She appears healthy, eats/drinks normally, seems to be getting her feathers at about the same rate or just a bit slower than the others. She does not have any deformities and no injuries from the bigger chicks. They don't seem to treat her any differently. Are chicken "runts" a thing? Is she a bantam? Is this anything to be worried about?
  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

    Sep 2, 2014
    NE Ohio
    She could be a bantam, or she could be a lot younger than the other ones that were mixed in the same bin.
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
  4. cloverhillsfarm

    cloverhillsfarm In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2018
    I don't think she could be younger, at least not more than a day or so, as the store only ordered one large batch that all arrived on the same day (customers had to pre-order, not like Tractor Supply where they get multiple shipments over several weeks). After looking a little more closely, she is actually a welsummer, as she has yellow legs and partridge feathering. Do bantams just occur sometimes or was this a chick mix up? Guess it doesn't really matter as long as she is ok. My LO will get a kick out of tiny eggs. I assume a bantam will be okay living with the full sized chickens since they will have grown up together?
  5. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    You have to get more than you think you need sometimes. dawnacus 543.jpg I bought these chicks from a lady who ordered chicks, and 2 passed away during shipping, so the hatchery sent her another 25. Since she lived in town, she sold me 23 of the 25 for 1 dollar each. They are welsummers, EE, and novogen (brown eggers) the EE have the green legs. And the welsummers have the stripes.
    dawnacus 552.jpg I gave the rooster chicks to the ma hen (at 4 weeks) because the roosters were hogging the food, and the good beds, in the brooder. The love their mom, even though they just met. (6 under her)

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