Midget chicken???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MTMom, May 29, 2010.

  1. MTMom

    MTMom In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2010
    I noticed a couple of weeks ago that one of my 6 week old Delawares seems to be falling behind on her growth. Has anyone ever seen anything like this, or know what may have caused this?

    She is the one in the front. Behind her is one of her sisters who is the same breed and age.


    To her left is a sister Delaware of the same age. You can see how much shorter she is. Including her head, neck, beak, etc.
  2. Kim65

    Kim65 Songster

    May 29, 2009
    Washington state
    She also doesn't look "well". She is hunched a bit and has her feathers fluffed. Chickens only do that when they are asleep or not feeling well.

    I don't have any other ideas but my post will bump yours [​IMG]
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing 9 Years

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I do know there is a "dwarfism" in this breed. Where did you get your stock. I did some research but there isn't much information. I am wondering if there isn't a bantam cross in the mix. I personally have crossed a rd/blk bantam frizzle and my del roo. A friend has a chick that looks like a Del but is frizzled. Anothe has a Del looking chick that is smaller than the usual.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    She is a dwarf. I had a Delaware hen who carried a double dwarf gene and passed it to her chicks on occasion. Where did you get your stock?

    There are several types of dwarfism. The type yours has gives her the parrot beak and stumpy legs and sometimes, bent toes, not just an overall small size. They don't usually live all that long, sadly.
  5. MTMom

    MTMom In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2010
    Thank you so much for the replies![​IMG] All of my chickens were purchased at a local Murdoch's. Her smaller size wasn't as noticeable until about the last 2 weeks. She seems to be doing just as good as my other girls so far. So hopefully she will be okay. [​IMG] Do you happen to know if the little dwarfs can lay eggs, or if they tend to have any trouble when/if they do?
  6. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

    Jan 24, 2010
    Englewood, TN
    One of my hens that I hatched from Speckledhen's Del flock was like that... looks just like her actually. She had passed away one night. She never did look "well" either... didn't act right in the head either. I would let her out to sit with me in the grass (just me and her lol) and she would walk right up to the cats - quickly - like she knew them (and that cat was not friendly towards midget chicks). I had to save her from sudden death a few times. It's hard to write out but the few that got to see her in action before she died said the same thing... she just didn't act like all her chicken brains were in there. lol. Poor thing. I really didn't want to get attached to her since I figured she wouldn't make it too long, so I called her "midge". She also had (what I'm thinking is...) a normal size crop... so it looked like she had a tumor or something. It didn't have many feathers on it. Her feet turned in too... like pigeon toes. We kept wondering if we should put her down quietly or see if she could live as a special needs pet. I guess nature decided for us. She was up and walking around and eatting and drinking... the next morning, she was dead at the front door of her coop. Weirdest thing.

    Oh... another thing was her head was more rounded. I was wondering if maybe there was some type of mental disability that could be the culprit. Something simular to down syndrom... I wish I took more pics to share.

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