Chicks with prominent breastbone?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shiningeyes, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. shiningeyes

    shiningeyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 chicks 2 are 5 weeks old and 2 are 6. I'm concerned because they have prominent breast bones I feel everytime I pick them up. They have always had free choice feed and fresh water. I add ACV and probiotics and occasionally electrolytes. They are eating and drinking. They have sneezed a little but have otherwise acted normal I believe? Should I worry or will they just fill out as they get older?
     
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    You didn't say what breed they are ... but I think that there are different growth rates for different breeds. Fast growers would be hybrids and 'meaties' -- Slower growers would be the heritage breeds.....

    If they seem active and healthy It sure sounds like you are doing everything right..... then maybe not to worry too much. If they seem listless -- then maybe a cause for concern......

    Are you feeding them 'medicated' chick starter or non-med? Is their poop 'normal' -- If you have an egg-laying breed they will tend to have a slighter build -- and yes, they do gain weight as they grow -- Maybe it is just a matter of time.....
     
  3. shiningeyes

    shiningeyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two Plymouth barred rocks a black sex link and an Easter egger. The EE and BSL are the youngest and boniest. Their poop looks normal from what I can tell by the charts but these are my first. They are eating non-medicated chick feed. They don't seem listless by any means. They run around the broader like crazy. But they have been having some sneezing.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's the keel bone, and in a healthy bird, you are supposed to be able to feel it. The only type you shouldn't be able to feel it is in Broiler types, due to their enormous 'breast' muscles. Chicks are quite boney little creatures. They are putting all their energy into growing, and growing in feathers. Muscle comes later. Sneezing occasionally is not a cause for concern. Chicks produce a lot of dust, and that dust can make them sneeze, as can small particles from shavings or feed.
     
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  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member


    So it sounds like everything is all right -- and they are just little babies. Seems also that they may be on the verge -- based on their ages -- when they start to tank up a little bit -- and it is a constant feeder refilling as they start to eat like growing children. :O)
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
  6. shiningeyes

    shiningeyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much. That is what my husband thought but I am a perpetual worrier :)
     

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