Little Runt Chick :(

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eliz, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Eliz

    Eliz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two Orpingtons that are 5 weeks old. Both were the same size when I got them as day olds, both are feathering in at the same rate.

    Over the past 5 weeks "Onyx" has become twice the size of "Baby". I have noticed that Onxy will jump up to roost, chairs, ect., but Baby can't or won't. Baby will rather sleep on the ground(Of course I don't let them!) than jump even 3 inchs in the air to get on the ramp to the brooder. I have also noticed that Onyx has been pecking at Baby a little bit.

    Could I have gotten a bantam?

    If not, should I do something to help it grow some more?

    Any help would be great.
     
  2. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eliz,

    I don't have any answers as I recently lost a chick after the exact same symptoms as you describe. Nothing we did helped. But that doesn't mean that will be the case for you. I am sure some folks here will be more help than me. Just know I am thinking about you. I know it hurts your heart to see her maybe feeling badly.

    Sonia
     
  3. Eliz

    Eliz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It eats and drinks really good, but it's just not growing like to other one is [​IMG] And won't jump?
     
  4. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of the things folks told me to try:

    Eggs in food (cook them first)

    Vitamins in water

    Antibiotics

    Dewormer

    Isolate the chick if they are being picked at/on, and also because they could possibly have something contagious.

    I was also told to check the crop to see if was hard (mine was not) which would indicate a problem. Also, there was no problem with her vent.

    Also, gross question, but does her poop look normal?

    Sonia
     

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