Hello, Newbie here with question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Monica4, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. Monica4

    Monica4 New Egg

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    I am new to chickens, but have had other birds all my life. I got my first four girls in May, they are Barred Plymouth Rock hens. Lucy has always been the runt of the bunch, and not very bright. She has always lagged behind the others, just slightly in just about every way. The other girls have nice red combs and cheeks, but Lucy's are much less developed and definitely not a nice bright red. When I pick her up and feel her breast, her keel is so prominent, while the others are nice and thick. I don't know what do do with her. She doesn't act ill in any way (no breathing issues, no sticky vent, no fluffed feathers, no lethargy). She keeps up with the other chickens around the yard. Any advice? Thank you! Monica4
     
  2. Americano Blue

    Americano Blue Mush on!

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    i will ask my friend about it but i think she might just be devolving slowly.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. As long as Lucy is not showing any symptoms of illness, I would not worry about it. I suspect as Americano Blue suggested, that she is just a slow developer. If you would like a second third opinion, or if she begins to show some symptoms of some kind of illness, you should post on our Emergency, Diseases, Injuries, and Cures section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with Lucy.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. She is at the bottom of the pecking order and the others probably chase her away from the feeder resulting in slow development/growth. She is likely picked/pecked on while attempting to roost in the evening.
     
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  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with Dawg here, I think she is being bullied away from the feeder and not getting enough to eat. You need to set out several food and water stations. One will not do. I have several out for all my ages of birds as many birds will guard these areas and can completely starve out the smaller birds. This can lead them to eating what ever it takes to fill their bellies and many times the things they eat can kill them. So put out a couple more areas for all the birds to eat AND drink.

    Good luck with your baby and welcome to our flock!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You could always make her a house pet - usually they flourish under such conditions - then you might want to re-introduce her to the flock, when she is a new, improved, confident hen.
     
  10. Monica4

    Monica4 New Egg

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    Thank you for the suggestions! I have not seen any bullying or fighting over food as they all seem to get along well and always roost together in a clump. Lucy and Ethel are best buds, as are Wilma and Betty. Ethel is the biggest one and I doubt she would let anything happen to Lucy. If Lucy doesn't start putting on some weight I will have to separate her, but I know she will be very upset to be away from the rest of the girls. I am hoping she is just a late bloomer and doesn't have anything going on inside. What ever it is, it can't be contagious since the others are healthy. I probably am just worrying too much LOL
     

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