Extremely Small Chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TinaHail, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. TinaHail

    TinaHail Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2017
    My hen was recently separated from the other chickens, but one male. Together they made 13 baby chicks. The eggs were clean and about the same sizes. But after 7 weeks I noticed one of the chicks weren't as big as the other chickens. She's about half their size. Does she have dwarfism? Her feathers seem to be aging, but not her body itself.
  2. The Golden Egg5

    The Golden Egg5 Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 5, 2016
    Boone, North Carolina
    Some chicks are just naturally smaller. If she is having trouble eating or looks weak or is getting picked on, you might want to separate her, but I think she should be fine :)
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2017
  3. TinaHail

    TinaHail Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2017
    Ok, thanks for letting me know.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Can you post a pic of the small one alongside a couple others?
    Was the hen exposed to a bantam rooster before the separation?
    How long after the separation did the hen go broody and start to set?
  5. TinaHail

    TinaHail Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2017
    They are bantams, and I will post a pic later. And the hen got broody 2 weeks later
  6. Turnip Farm

    Turnip Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2014
    I'm in the same boat with a check half the size of the others. This happened last time I had chicks and that one lived 5 months, didn't mature like the rest, and she suddenly went downhill then died. The vet saw her when she took ill, gave her antibiotics just in case it was bacterial but she suspected it was failure to thrive. I tube fed the bird for a few days then she had a a seizure and died. Now I have a small one again, using the left over baby parrot mash the vet gave me for tube feeding, mixing that with chicken crumble and hand feeding that chick to supplement what she gets in the brooder. I'm hoping this time to catch it early and try to get the bird growing. Both tiny birds are/were orpingtons, different breeders. Both lavender. My other lavender this time is huge (boy??)

    Anyway, if anyone has any tips for anything else I can do to Jumpstart this chick, let me know. It's behind in maturity and feather growth, all chicks hatched Janunary 31.

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