- Apr 30, 2021
I had a couple of sapphire gem chicks that fell ill with coccidiosis when they were around 7 weeks old. Not all the chicks in the flock got sick because we separated them after we found out what was going on and after we nursed the last sick one back to health we introduced him back into the flock and all as been well. The surviving chick is a rooster and has two brothers that are the same age as him that did not get sick. They will be turning 12 weeks in a few days. I’ve noticed a pretty stark size difference between him and his brothers. He is quite a bit smaller then both of them and one is slightly larger than all three. I have literally a small, medium, and large. I planned on keeping only one of them as the rooster for my flock. My husband thinks it would be a good idea to keep the survivor because he has been handled more and is less scared of us and having a friendlier rooster is very important to us. He also thinks his small size would be a plus because less feed going in a rooster. But I’m worried about his health and the quality of his genetics in the long run and I’m not sure if the growth stunt will be a negative thing when we breed him with our hens later on. I’m worried he is eating food but not gaining all the nutrients from it. We want the best quality chickens we can have because they are a food source for us because of their eggs. We don’t put a lot of money into feeding them because we free range them on a large property. We like our chickens to mostly pay for themselves. What should we do? Will his run in with coccidiosis leave a negative effect on him forever? Should we just keep one of the other two roos instead? And if so, should we keep the medium or large one?