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Dominique chick is half the size of others

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cstrass, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. cstrass

    cstrass Hatching

    Mar 26, 2017
    We have 4 Dominique chicks that are 5 weeks old. I know there is variation, but one of them is much smaller than the others. Her wings and feathers are different also. She seems spunky, but she is so small. Should we try to feed her anything different to help her catch up? In the picture she is the one on the left. We have buffs, Wyandottes, and Australorps (2 of each) and all of them look gigantic next to Tiny.
    I added a second photo with a Dominique, Tiny, and a Buff (l to r).
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2017

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, cstrass, and welcome to BYC. Happy you joined our community! If your chick is otherwise healthy and not getting picked on by the others due to their size difference, I'm not sure what you could or should do. Maybe she's just something of a runt.
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Chickens don't all grow at the same rate, some are slower to mature than others (just like people). One of my Speckled Sussex was so much smaller, we named her Peanut. In time, she grew to be the same size as her sisters.

    As long as your girl seems healthy, I wouldn't worry.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do step in, if the others decide to bully her or pluck her feathers. Make sure there are extra feed and water dishes because the "bigs," may decide not to let her near them. This may also be a reason she is smaller.
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Looks like a failure to thrive, which is exactly what it sounds like. Not all chicks will be as healthy and thrifty as their flockmates.
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under cstrass [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share more pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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