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could he/she be stunted growth?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Teresaann24, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I have a silkie chick my hen hatched in November this was the only chick to hatch and didnt hatch till day 26.

    So he/she is almost 8 weeks old I have 3 almost 3 week old chicks and he/she is the same size as the 3 week old chicks.

    He/she is being raised outside with its momma it had gotten frostbitten toes that I fixed up and put him/her back with its momma.

    Has been doing fine since, but is he/shes growth stunted??

    Anyone can show me Pictures of their 8 week old silkie chicks?

    I don't have any recent pics but here is some pics of him/her when I had him/her inside fixing his toes so this was about 2 weeks ago.
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    It's really hard to say without seeing a current picture.

    I really am not going to be able to be much help to you, but maybe someone that is more experienced with Silkies will have more knowledge in this area and can give you some sound advice. [​IMG]
  3. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    I don't know anything at all about Silkies but I have raised a lot of chickens. Two main reasons for stunted chickens is health and space. A bird that comes into the world under less than perfect health is always trying to catch up healthwise and that takes its toll on size. They usually (not always) remain smaller and weaker than their siblings that were hatched healthy. if you raise 10 goldfish in a one gallon bowl, they will all remain small, BUT if you raise 5 goldfish in TWO one gallon bowls they will be larger. ONE goldfish by itself will be a giant compare to siblings raise ten in a bowl. The same thing works for chickens. The more natural to WILD (larger pen area or free range) you raise them in, the larger, more healthy they will be (with good everyday care). Healthy chickens seem to dominate and shun unhealthy chickens which in turn will mean less feed and less protection for the smaller, weaker bird. Chickens do not have a conscience and live by the law of the fittest. SO, to sum up my rambling, the LARGER your pen is and the more you keep the health of your chickens the bigger and healthier they will be. jmo
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    Well I doubt it has to do with size it is kept in. It's just him and his tiny silkie momma in a 5x5 pen. Silkies do well being caged i thought it had something to do with being raised in the bitter cold temps with his momma.

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