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Dwarf Cot?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bigdtc, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Bigdtc

    Bigdtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a (very) little Cot chick that is less then half the size of the others. This chick was the last born of 52 and is feathering out at nearly the same rate as the other normal sized ones. He is no more then 3 days younger then the oldest from this hatch...
    He eats and drinks fine, gets along with the other normal sized mates. This hatch is 2.5 weeks now and nearly fully feathered. They are Jumbo variety, except the little guy I guess.. Has anyone seen this before in Jumbo's or standard Cots? He' s pretty friendly from being handled often and I m might just pass him along to a co-workers kid for a pet..
     
  2. Bigdtc

    Bigdtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a normal one.. actually, a good many are a little larger then this one...
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    Here is the little guy...
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    Here his is with his hatch mates....
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  3. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    everyonce in a while you get a danny devito...
     
  4. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    btw, looking good Big!
     
  5. plecostrum

    plecostrum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get this. Most hatches. They usually die. Before they go outside.

    But. After 2/3 month or so you wouldn't tell

    I wasn't sure if I should cull them as weak. But I'm guessing they are just runts. Bullied to the back at food time lol so I let them be. Nature selects the weak for me

    I find the texans are worse for this.

    I've kept then back in the brooder for about 3 extra weeks.
     
  6. Bigdtc

    Bigdtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!.. I'm going to weight them this weekend when I get a minute.. I'll post when I do.



    Well, he seems healthy and my feeder allows plenty of room so he eats and gets plenty to drink as well.. Sometimes when I put treats in there he'll just run under the other's legs to get his.. It's pretty funny to watch... If he stays small, that's fine. I'll give him to my buddy's lil' girl for a pet... She'll love it.
    I never thought about a runt sized bird but if he is strong enough to make it then I'll let him be. I found one of the others dead this morning. It looked weak last night and there are no signs of injury.. He kept his eyes closed when I picked him up and seemed to have labored breathing and generally weak. I put him back under the heat lamp.. Just one of those things, I guess..
     
  7. Bigdtc

    Bigdtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @ Moby.... Here they are at 17 days.. Most are in the 120.5 - 124 gram range. I have a few standouts that are 126.2 - 132.5 gram range...Also a couple in the 118.0 gram range..
    And the reason for this thread.. the dwarf at 30 grams..lol. He is still healthy.
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    Oh, and I need a bigger scale.. :)
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  8. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    nice, #3 looks like he could pull a wagon. keep it up Bigs.
     
  9. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    A couple days in hatch can make a bird look much runt like looking than others. In every batch of eggs people hatch, there will be a runt, those normally grow up to be as large as the others or end up getting culled. I would let it grow out until maturity before making your decision because you never know if you have a sumo wrestler on your hands.
     
  10. Bigdtc

    Bigdtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I will not cull him. He's healthy and because he gets handled a lot, he is pretty mellow. He might just make a nice pet for a kid... He is 1 - 1.5 day younger then his hatch mates and about 1/3 their weight..
     

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