Different growth rates???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nerfworthy, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. nerfworthy

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    Hi All! I have a mixed batch of baby chicks and I've been somewhat active on here with them. I took this pic 2 days ago, and I was curious if anyone knew why my silver wyandotte chicks are SO much tinier than my buff orpington and new hampshire reds! They are a bit younger by a few days to maybe a week but I feel like they've barely grown at all. They seem healthy, active, eating, drinking, etc normally. Do wyandotte just grow slower?
     

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  2. SavKel&RynKel

    SavKel&RynKel Free Ranging

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    Are you positive of the ID? Where did you get them from?
     
  3. Frazzemrat1

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    Could they be bantams?
     
  4. nerfworthy

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    Maybe? There were also tubs full of bantams close by. It's possible they could have been mixed up.

    D&B Supply, it's similar to Tractor Supply.
     
  5. Frazzemrat1

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    Quite likely then. People pick up, coo at them, and then just put them where ever, not remembering where they got them from.
     
  6. RodNTN

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    Those look like bantams.
     
  7. nerfworthy

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    Well crap. LOL. I wanted all full-size chickens. I was starting to worry they were stunted or something, but I think you guys might be right. Will they be fine as adults with all my orpingtons?
     
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  8. SavKel&RynKel

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    Totally agree. This is a common problem with buying from feed stores.
     
  9. I have the SAME exact thing happening! I bought 6 chicks... all a week or so old - from a reputable farm. I have 2 Black Australorps, 2 Reds, - but also, 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte & 1 Buff Orpington. The Gold Wyandotte & the Buff Orpington are 1/3 the size of the others now... even after 6 weeks. The farm where I got them said Wyandottes tend to be "late bloomers". My Buff Orpington is also small, but all 6 are on the same food, eating, drinking, pooping and energy is all good. For good measure, I take my 2 smaller ones (the gold laced wyandotte & buff orpington) and every few days I give them a little Nutridrench... just to help them along.
     
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  10. FullHouseMama

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    These are the biggest of my chicks and the smallest. They are a week apart but still the size difference is crazy! The big one is a Brahma and IDK what the little one is because I ordered “surprise” pullets. She is smaller than all of the chicks she came with. 277CC829-7CF6-41FF-8D1C-285233C9A528.jpeg
     
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