Runt Ameracauna?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Snackdraggin, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Snackdraggin

    Snackdraggin Chirping

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    Howdy. I got a few chicks from a breeder in Phoenix in March .They are all healthy but my black Ameracauna is teeny tiny; about half the size of her sister of the same age. She eats and is a healthy bird other than being tiny. The breeder said she has no bantams in her flock at all. I kept thinking she would get a growth spurt but she hasn't. Is this normal? Did I stumble on an accidental bantam Ameracauna? Not too worried about it but just curious.
     

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Could be what's called failure to thrive, or could just be a runt. Time will tell.
     
  3. Snackdraggin

    Snackdraggin Chirping

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    At this point she is over 2 months and runs with the flock. Eats and drinks well, and never shown any signs of weakness. In fact, she is one of the liveliest and her size makes her a brilliant escape artist.

    Can failure to thrive be delayed by months?
     
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  4. chuckachucka

    chuckachucka Songster

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    Can you post pics? I know the breeder said no bantams but this just screams bantam. Maybe a genetic throwback? If one of the parents of the chick parents were bantam, is it possible to get a smaller chick randomly? I'm not an expert but it seems possible.
     

  5. Snackdraggin

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    Tried to get a pic of her next to the others but she wasn't having any of it. InfepeIndepand fierce lil thing.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    No failure to thrive usually happens in the first month or so. She still could have some birth defect that affects growth, or she could just just be a smaller bird. Without another bird next to her it's hard to tell size. She looks fine otherwise.
     
  7. Snackdraggin

    Snackdraggin Chirping

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    This is the best I can get lol. She is only 3 weeks younger than the Easter Eggers.

    I'll try to catch then when I'm home from work so I can do a true side by side.

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  8. Snackdraggin

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    Finally got a side by side today. The black Ameracauna on the left is only 3 days to a week younger than the blue ameracauna next to her.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    A bit smaller, but not too bad. Since she's still around I would call her a runt.
     

  10. lrach73

    lrach73 In the Brooder

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    I'm dealing with the same thing with my Ameracauna girl. Ironically, she was the largest until about three weeks ago. She seems to be okay, though I have a rooster that picks on her (chases her around) and I suspect she's at the bottom of the pecking order. She eats fine, drinks fine, is spunky..........but is significantly smaller than my other girls.
     

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