First of all... I apologize for where this is submitted. I thought I was starting a new topic, and after publishing/posting... I saw that it ended up in the Online Poultry Show. I'm still learning... please forgive me! I would appreciate some comments and/or recommendations about a chick we recently adopted... which has become quite the "Chubby Chick". FYI... We rescued three (3) - 4-wk old chicks about a month ago. We do not know their breed or their sexes, but the original owner thinks there are 2 females and one male. He named them... Barley, Sunny & River. They were all the same size when they arrived... and all white... so we "color-coded" them so we could tell one from another. Right away, we noticed Barley (with a splash of green on the tail feathers)... not only ate with it's siblings... but acted as if it was starved. When the others finished, Barley remained at the feeder... ate for a while... standing... but then, after a minute more or so... SAT DOWN in front of the feeder, and ate some more! At first it was kind of cute but after a month of watching Barley grow, and grow, and go from walking to "waddling"... we are a bit worried. Barley often stops to "rest." Compared with the two others, Barley spends much more time sitting... so we are now concerned about it's appetite being an eating disorder????? We do not think Barley is sick, as it has normal digestion and appears to be happy. Barley has always been more docile and less energetic than its siblings. (My theory is that maybe Barley is a female... and River & Sunny are little cockerels.) But............ Barley is now "BIG"... maybe 6-8 pounds! Today, she/he was limping a bit... so maybe there is a physical problem which has been there all along? Note... they are still in a large custom-built "cage" (of sorts) in our garage... most of the day. They do not have a perch in the cage, so they are mostly sitting while enclosed. Could this affect Barley's walking ability? Not to worry... they are not confined 24/7. We let them go outside for an hour or so in the morning and also in the late afternoon for exercise and they are learning to eat worms! My husband is in the process of building the coop almost every day... and weather permitting, we hope to "relocate" them soon! Any ideas about the weight??? Is this normal??? Sunny is also beginning to get rather plump too.