My first chicks are 5&1/2 weeks, how are they doing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jrharte, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. jrharte

    jrharte New Egg

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    Hey everybody

    I recently hatched 3 eggs in an incubator and the chicks are now about 5&1/2 weeks.

    I'm keeping them indoors in a homemade brooder with heat lamp.

    2 chicks are legbars (one hen, one roo) and I've no idea about the third, all I know is it's a bantam of some type.

    Can anyone shed some light on the bantam?

    Also my legbar hen constantly tucks her neck. Wry neck? She is very shy compared to the other two.

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    Monty the roo

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    Primrose the hen

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    Smokey the bantam
     
  2. jrharte

    jrharte New Egg

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    Also I'm afraid my chicks are under developed judging from pictures of similarly aged chicks.

    For example check out these legbars at 6 weeks compared to mine:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/cream-legbars-from-chick-to-adult

    At 6 weeks they are big hens were as mine are still small.

    Am I not feeding them enough? I've no idea why they are so different.
     
  3. jrharte

    jrharte New Egg

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    I have just realised my chicks are being fed layers (since birth)!

    Obviously the reason for the undergrowth.

    I can't believe I've been so stupid. The poor hens.

    Do I start feeding starter immediately and just hope for the best?
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Yes. Let us know how it works out for you in the long term. My guess is that the lack of protein is more of an issue than the increased calcium. But time will tell. They may catch up and do just fine.
     

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