Is it common to have young birds of the same breed, age, gender be...

chickenbuddy

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totally different in size?

This is the case with my two Partridge rock pullets, my two grey silkies (however, I do not know their genders yet, so their case might be simply due to their genders), and I had two buff brahmas (now one).

One is a lot bigger than the other! In the partridge rock case, I know they didn't send me batams, since they were the same size when I got them. Are they just growing at very different rates?
 
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Jamsoundsgood

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Well, I got 11 BO's that all are growing at very different rates. A few a was very worried about. I thought perhaps they weren't getting enough to eat, but no, I watch and they seem to eat just as much as the rest. They poop just fine. So I figure, hey, my kids all grow differently, at different rates, why not chickies too? I may be totally off, but that's just my opinion. I hope it helps.
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chickenbuddy

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Thanks, when the smaller buff brahma died I thought that maybe it had a growth disorder, but it seemed healthy. The others all look healthy so I'm also thinking like you are: different growth rates, that all. Or at least that's what I hope.
 

basicliving

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You don't say how old they are? My baby chicks are usually close to the same size, but as they get older, that changes. I've had a runt that ended up being the largest in the end. When they are really young, it's hard to tell what their size will end up being. They seem to just sprout up here and there.


So, if your chicks are very young, it's not uncommon the size may vary among them as they grow. If you are really concerned about them, post some pictures - we love pictures! Someone with your particular breeds is sure to weigh in with their thoughts


Penny
 

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