Do bantams grow faster? I think I see the start of a waddle...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by R1V3R20NG, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. R1V3R20NG

    R1V3R20NG Songster

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    I have never had bantams (or chicks for that matter) and they seem to be growing at a different rate than the others. Our two leghorns are going to get kicked out soon cuz they got huge. My bantam black austrolorp has the start of a waddle and comb, and my other two bantams are growing hints of their combs as well. I cannot be sure their genders at the moment and they are all at least 2 weeks old.
     
  2. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

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    Probably cockerels then.
     
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  3. R1V3R20NG

    R1V3R20NG Songster

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    The funny part is their tails fan like a hens.
    These are picks from last saturday IMG_E1658.JPG IMG_1661.JPG IMG_1663.JPG
     
  4. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Free Ranging

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    Leghorns are a fairly slow developing breed compared to some others. 2 weeks + is a normal age to start getting more of a comb and wattles. Your chicks are growing well, but no faster than a large fowl chick would. They're not obvious cockerels, either. Wattles and comb will get more and more obvious as they grow ;)
     
  5. R1V3R20NG

    R1V3R20NG Songster

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    The leghorns i was just talking about but they are not the ones I'm concerned about. Its just my bantams I'm confused about. Leghorns grow really fast in my opinion, considering their average laying start time is between 17 and 21 weeks.
    I was just kinda comparing the growth rates. Sorry i confused you guys with my chaotic head.
     
  6. R1V3R20NG

    R1V3R20NG Songster

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    I took some photos today of my three bantams. IMG_1720.JPG IMG_1722.JPG IMG_1723.JPG
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    No obvious cockerels yet.
     
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Too young to know. What breeds? It's easier when you have more than one of a breed, so differences show up. Nothing says 'boy' to me either. Yet.
    Mary
     
  9. R1V3R20NG

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    Ok, so far i think one is a black austrolorp, one is cochin, and the other... i have no friking idea.
     
  10. AmandaMBG

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    In my experience with three different bantams all were done maturing earlier than most my standard hens but I wouldn't say they grew faster. Just had less growing to do.
     

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