Is this tiny thing REALLY going to grow up to be my biggest chicken?!?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by macmama, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. macmama

    macmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2-week-old SLWs, Delawares, and LBs. The LBs are ITTY BITTY! They look so pathetic! They are round and fat and great foragers, but they are SO much smaller than the SLWs, and definitely smaller than my Delawares! If I hadn't seen the breeding stock I would have sworn I got some sort of banty Brahma. [​IMG] Is this normal? When do they start to get bigger?

    Here's a pic of a few of my chicks-- of the trio in the middle, from top to bottom, they are a SLW, tiny LB, and Delaware
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  2. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The brahma chick looks like it might just be a bit younger than the others. It doesn't seem to have as many wing feathers. Do you have their hatch dates?
     
  3. macmama

    macmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are only 1 day younger! And they hatched the same day as the Delawares. I hatched the SLWs with my broody, then 2 days later I went to pick up the Delawares and LBs at the same breeder's house, and was told that they were 1 day old. (she does a big hatch in an incubator) So at the VERY most they are almost 2 days younger.
     
  4. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Are you sure you didn't get bantam brahmas? They are big as far as banties go, but definitely smaller than the average LF.
     
  5. ErieSpurs

    ErieSpurs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They start off small, but will catch up over time.
     
  6. macmama

    macmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doesn't have any! I went out back and saw all of her breeding pens, and her LBs were huge! The only chicks she had available that could have been mixed up (same color) were sex-links and Delawares, but no other feather-footed chicks. They are feathering out like LBs, and they have feathered legs... they're just so tiny!
     

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