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Have one chicken out of five that is a runt, is something wrong?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chuckdog, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. chuckdog

    chuckdog In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2009
    About three weeks ago, I went to a local feed mill that sells day old chickens. They had five black australorp pullets which we bought. Brought them all home and they are all growing well, but one has always been a runt and as the others are growing, this one is lagging behind and the size difference is growing each week. Now that they are almost four weeks old, the others are almost twice as big as this one. I picked her up tonite and checked her butt which was clean and not clogged up or anything. She doesn't peep as loud as the other ones, and when she breathes it looks like she is laboring to do so, but that may be a concerned parent looking for something wrong. I filled up their feed tonite and she went over with the others and started eating and noone picked on her or kicked her away. I also have two feeders so there is plenty of space so that she isn't getting forced away from the feeder by the others. Could there be something else wrong with her, or is she just a runt in the bunch? Thanks for any help.

  2. teeny

    teeny In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    West Virginia
    I had a buff last year that was a runt, she caught up with the others at about 5 mos. old and now my 6 hens are all the same size.
  3. GaDawg

    GaDawg Songster

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
    It wouldn't hurt to give her some vitamins, like childrens poly-vi-sol (without iron) drops. a couple drops 2 or 3 x a day. or you can put some in their water. i would try that for about a week and see if that helps with her breathing.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2009
  4. Renee

    Renee Songster

    May 7, 2008
    My Quasimodo was the runt (still has a hump) but she turned out to be Queen Hen.
  5. kidd42

    kidd42 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Valley Springs, Ca.
    We have 8 week olds, and one is a runt, they all get along fine. In fact she doesn't take any crap from even the biggest of them.

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