I think I have a Runt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hucklehound, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. hucklehound

    hucklehound In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2009
    One of my chickens is smaller than the others. It's growing but not fast. I'm beginning to worry as I can totally feel her keel bone at 8 weeks. She just seems scrawny. She's a new hampshire red if that matters. She seems active and healthy otherwise... I think i might start weighing her every week. Any ideas? Are some just "runty"?
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  2. raiderbabe239

    raiderbabe239 ♥ Hatchaholic ♥

    Jun 19, 2009
    Fort Myers, Fl
    ive had two that were like that always smaller than the rest, i asked on here and was told it could be a bacteria inbalance, and to feed them plain unflavored yogurt since then twice a week i make up what i call a chicken parfait, with yogurt, chopped strawberries rasberries and grapes and crush cheerios and put it all together they love it and my chicks have put on weight and seem much healthier try that maybe and see if it helps [​IMG]

    ETA: all of my chickens LOVEE it they come running from wherever they are in the yard as soon as i step out the back door with the bowl in my hands
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  3. aymer

    aymer In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2009
    san francisco, ca
    i gave my runt hard boiled egg mixed with a little bit of plain yogurt and she is doing great.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Raiderbabe gave you some good ideas to bump up the nutrition for the runt.
    What I did with my runt was to take her aside at least once but preferably twice a day and offer her a feeding all to herself.
    Also, if you don't have two feeders you might want to consider offering a second one; even if you only have a few chicks.
    Bigger bossier chicks can chase a runt away from the feeder; keeping them from getting their fair share.

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