Orpington vs. Wyondotte chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MontanaMomma, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. MontanaMomma

    MontanaMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2008
    I have one of each and the Orpington seems not as active, a bit weaker and shorter than the Wyondotte. They are about a week old now. Should I be worried or should I expect a bit of a difference among different breeds? I have started feeding yogurt and peanut butter to up the protein.
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I personally stick to chick starter for the first 3 weeks. It's designed with everything, including the extra protein, chicks need. If you like there are vitamin mixes you can put in their water for energy boost.
  3. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    At one week I think it would be too early to tell and probably not much you can do anyway. I just feed chick starter. I'm not sure I buy into the various home remedies. Chicks are chicks and some are stronger/healthier than others.
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Agree, at that age stay with chick starter. At that age your Orpington and Wyandotte should be pretty close in size usually the Orpingtons will be bigger. They both should be just as active. It is really hard to say why some thrive and some slowly go down.
  5. MontanaMomma

    MontanaMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2008
    Thanks for the input. Yesterday I gave them a teaspoon of yogurt, then this morning a little glob of peanut butter. I'll hold off on that for a few weeks. They sure did like it though! I hope the Orpington catches up.
  6. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2009
    Kirkland, WA
    In my experience orps do just fine over time. They will look quite fluffy, and play in the rain, regardless of what my chicken book says.
  7. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    You can't tell at that age. All my chicks were the same size except one, a americanna, she was much larger than the rest...hence the name BUBBA. But she turned out the be the smallest of all.
    My Orpingtons and Wyandottes are about the same size now at 11 months. A little scrambled egg once in a while provides good nutrition. Mine get it at least once a week.

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