Dwarfism and Chickens... Do they mix?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by crait, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!
    My baby hen, Fran, is a dark cornish.
    From what I've found, they grow to be very muscular and meaty, however, my hen has not become that yet.
    She's about 5 months old and I can completely cup her into my hands.
    Url, who's a Blue Wyandotte, is younger than her and is about the size of my big head.
    I've tried researching it and I've found that there is a possibility of dwarfism in chickens but what are the chances that she's a dwarf?
    Is it too early to tell?
    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You're quite certain she's large-fowl Cornish, not bantam Cornish?

    Pat
     
  3. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmmmm.
    It's possible.
    I got her from a litter of different breeds of chicks from this tractor store by my house.
    Most of the people who buy from there buy to eat the chickens so I was thinking she was going to be a meat bird. Would people eat bantams?
     
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  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Honestly the likeliest thing may be that the store got in a "mixed lot", like hatchery leftovers, and it happened to include one or more bantams. (Was she particularly small as a chick, and do you remember if any of the others there were particularly small?)

    If not that, then simply being a 'runt' seems a lot more likely to me than being an actual, otherwise-sound genetic dwarf.

    Good luck, she sounds cute,

    Pat
     
  5. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is really cute! [​IMG]
    And thanks a lot!
    She was regular size, same size as all the other baby chicks


    And I just realized that there was another post about the exact same thing as me.
    Very, very weird.
     
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