Growth Rate of BR chicks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by texas_chick, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    I received my EE and BR chicks at the same time (hatched same day). According to Meyer's catalog the BR should grow slightly bigger than the EEs.
    Then I also got a few Cuckoo Maran chicks that were just a few days older.
    The EEs are growing. The Cuckoo Marans are REALLY growing but I know they will be bigger as adults so not worried about that.
    But the BR is just sort of staying the same. Her feathers aren't coming in as fast as the others. Her size isn't changing much.
    Her attitude is HUGE though so I don't think she is sick.

    Are BRs usually slow growers or is something wrong with her? She's eating and drinking and very active and outgoing.
  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    They're slow growers, yes. Especially with feathering out.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That is weird because I find them to feather in quickly, though the females get their tails before the males, generally. Could be just a runty baby.
  4. hooksetz

    hooksetz Songster

    Feb 10, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    My pullets always feather in first, you sure it's not a runt roo?[​IMG]
  5. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    My runt roo rocks feathered slowest. Never had a slow feathering female, except for one who was injured young. I kept one of the runt roos just to see and he's only a tiny bit off in size from the others at almost five months. So slow may not mean small or slow forever.

  6. texas_chick

    texas_chick Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    Eek. Hopefully not a roo!

    I don't have any other BRs to compare 'it' to.
    Here. I took that picture just now. JayJay is exactly 1 week old roday.
    It does have a teeny little tail.
    Nothing compared to the Cuckoo Marans who seem to grow like weed though.
    Compared to the EEs who are the same age it's not too far behind as far as feathers go but it just doesn't grow like the EEs and CMs as far as body size goes!
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  7. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Whenever I hatched out barred rocks with other breeds I always noticed that they grew in feathers last. The other birds would have almost a full wing set and start growing other feathers when the BR's barely started growing wing feathers at all. That's what always happened with mine, anyway.

    Looks like a hen.
  8. texas_chick

    texas_chick Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    Quote:Yay! That would be GREAT!
  9. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I have BRs and EEs. My BRs are bigger than my EEs for sure, but they feather in slower...even when they molt. One of my BRs is just NOW finishing her annual molt!!! My EEs are already laying again and months past their molt.

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