Do I have a midget chicken..It is not a bantam?? Pics added

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tonini3059, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    4 weeks ago I had 6 standard EE eggs in my incubator all were normal size. One of the chicks that hatched out was the size of a tiny bantam. Noy this chick is 1/3 of the size of it brothers and sisters. It is very odd I thought it was going to die at first because it was so tiny. Now it is fine and picks on the others. Anyone have this happen to them? I assume this is how bantams were made.
     
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  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would keep it. Maybe you can get a new strain of micro chickens.
     
  3. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
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    I am def keeping it, it is super cute and fast. It also has big eyes.
     
  4. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    Savannah,MO
    i want to see it lol! some of my standard size chicks were smaller than my banty's when i brought them home, but that all changed when they hit 2 weeks.
     
  5. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I currently have a Silkie that is half the size or less, of her hatchmates. They were hatched in November from the same parents. For some reason she is just WAY smaller....
     
  6. wateboe

    wateboe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read some posts before about extra-small standard breeds, so I think that is is fairly common. We had a cuckoo marans pullet that was normal sized at hatch but only grew to about half the size of her sister. In the case of this bird, she also seemed a bit odd... just not quite right, although I can't really explain why. She seemed healthy enough though. Unfortunately she was killed and eaten by a red tailed hawk that flew into our barn to get her! I don't think that her response time was a quick as her flockmates. Poor little squirt.
     
  7. Jen4

    Jen4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    Munfordville, KY
    Awwww we need a pic. to see it! Bet its sooo cute.
     
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Was it a very late hatcher? I recently hatched some Ameraucana eggs, and 2 of the 3 that hatched are easily triple the size of the last to hatch. They are 10 days old in this pic, and you can clearly see how small the last one is. They are all doing fine so far. OH, I forgot to say that the 3rd hatchling didn't hatch until day 23:

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  9. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she is so cute!!
     
  10. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry, it's a really bad picture...not sure what happend to may camera. Yes, the little one is VERY cute! I hope it's a she!
     

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