Hey guys I think my baby button is a runt. The 2 pictured are the same exact age and he is the smallest out of all 8. Any help would be appreciated as to knowing what is wrong or how I can help him bulk up a bit.
I have a few Coturnix like this. Both in the same hatch. I am just goibg to let them continue. Its more than being a runt. They are not developing. Weird. Mine are as active and eat and drink like everyone else. Just going to observe.
I am curious, did this one hatch from an egg that was smaller than the others in your batch? There is a Dwarfism genetic mutation that can pop up in buttons. The breeder that I purchased my eggs from had these smaller buttons as well. This is not my photo, but was taken from another website to show the size of the smaller egg....
I'm wondering if maybe you just have a little dwarf button on your hands. These birds stay tiny, but you care for them just the same way you would a normal-sized button.
I'm not sure if it was an abnormal egg size. I bought 30 eggs on eBay and this little white one hatched. They were all the same size until about 2 weeks old. I'll definitely keep him/her. Maybe we can breed true mini buttons!!!!