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Huge Bird

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TerryLou, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. TerryLou

    TerryLou In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    I wish I was tech savvy enough to post some pics, maybe I can get help from my son soon.

    We have some chickens that were all the same April hatch. One is at least twice the size of the other 5. We joke that she is part chicken, part turkey. My son laughs & says she has elephantitis. Really she is huge. Huge body, huge legs, huge feet. They were all the same size when we got them. Also her belly & butt seem to not be growing feathers well, although that may be due to the fact that she tends to lay in the dirt vs roosting.

    Any thoughts ?

  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    maybe a cockeral. they sometimes develop tail feathers at a slower rate than the pullets, not to mention the size difference and larger/thicker legs. I'd love to see a pic. Are they all the same breed?
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    sounds exactly like a meat bird woud be its not white is it [​IMG]
  4. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    Yeah... I was going to ask if it was white too... [​IMG]

    Edit: What is it supposed to be? If you say Leghorn I'm going to laugh, this year several people who ordered Cornish x have got Leghorns so those Cornish x had to go somewhere.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
  5. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    I had an Easter Egger chick that was bigger than all of our other chicks and it turned out too be a roo! : )
  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    Really sounds like a meat bird, especially with all those bald patches and the 'laying around in the dirt'. [​IMG] Let us know if it's white.. [​IMG]
  7. Zonoma

    Zonoma Songster

    Mar 15, 2011
    Northern Kentucky

  8. TerryLou

    TerryLou In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    Yep, White ~ they all are. We rescued 26 from a place where they were canabalizing (started off 60!). We subdivided with some friends to get down to a managable "flock". For me, my son & grandaughter, first time chicken owners, that was 6 whites & two little fuzzy things. The little fuzzies have feathers now, one is yellow & the other is brown.

    I will try to post pics on Mon. oh ~ Yes, I was told they were leghorns (the white ones anyway)
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  9. ruchickn

    ruchickn Chirping

    Jun 12, 2011
    Gosh you have the same problem I have with the one chick out growing the others It is also white, and seams to lay around and eat and drink while lying down at times. I don't know what it is either same prob with pictures too. [​IMG]
  10. TerryLou

    TerryLou In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    I swear I will get some pics on here Monday ! I keep wondering if there is something genetically wrong with her. She seems friendly enough to the others, just twice their size. She lays around frequently and we've discussed whether it's because her "chicken legs" can't hold up her turkey body !

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