Metally challenged chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jennyhaschicks, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    We have a chick who is almost 7 weeks old that doesn't keep up with the other chicks too well to say the least. She had trouble getting out of her egg and then was born with a bum leg. After a few days she was walking on it fine and still does though.
    Anyway... she is a little slow to catch on to anything. For example if they chicks all go outside she is in her own world. Often they will move on to another part of the yard and she will not notice and then start calling them because she lost them. If they find a worm and all fight over it she will just look at them and not participate. She is the last one to catch on to anything. They figured out how to use their ramp to get into their house and she didn't for the longest time. Things like this lead me to believe that she is a little "slower" than the others.
    I am worried because they are going to be free rangers and I know if something came into the yard she will be the first to go. Poor little girl.
    Has anyone ever had a chicken like this? I wonder what does on in her little brain. I forgot to mention that she is really small too. She was born small and still is about the size of my Jap Bantam who is the same age.
  2. HenMamma

    HenMamma Songster

    May 10, 2008
    Emmet TWP, MI
    Maybe she isn't slow, maybe she has a problem seeing? Does she get picked on by the others?
  3. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    The chicken on my avitar is Frieda, a bit challenged. She has curled feet, walks ok, but if I'm out, she is one step ahead of me, or one step behind me. Such a sweety. I has taken her a year to pull rank on the other girls, but now shes the leader of the pack.
    Give your little one a worm of its own, so it understands what its looking for. Once it gets the idea, then it will make headway.
    As for size, genetics can be a crap shoot. We never know what chick is really going to come forward with which trait. If all else fails, put it in with your smaller birds or a broody hen, let that one teach it.
    Good luck! I was reading on BYC that there was a page with "special needs" chickens.
  4. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    She can see fine. She can find a worm if she is on her own so I know she can see fine. She just isn't in tune with the other birds. She was the first one to find a worm when I would bring them out when they were a couple of weeks old. It's like she is off in space all the time. She does not get picked on by the others at all. They even watch out for her.
  5. petlove

    petlove Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    I have a RIR hen that is a little challenged, as well. She has some neurological problems. She is holding her own. I keep an eye out to see if she gets picked on. So far so good.

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