Runt chick isn't growing in comparison

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lilyofthecoop, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Lilyofthecoop

    Lilyofthecoop New Egg

    Mar 2, 2016

    A week ago today we received our chickens in the mail. One was about half to 3/4ths as small as the others of her breed. We made sure she was eating and drinking, but she has actually shrunk in comparison! Does she have a growth stunt or something? They are Mille Fleur D'uccle bantams.

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    She could possibly be stunted because of some nutrition deficiency (most likely an issue with the breeding flock). Or, it could just be poor genetics, shipping stress (if she was shipped), ECT. If she's eating, drinking and active, I wouldn't be too concerned. There really isn't much you can do for her anyway, though some Nutri-Drench (can be found at most feed stores) probably wouldn't hurt. It'll give her a big nutritional boost, and doesn't need to waste precious time being digested (mainlines right into their system). Its a good product to have on hand for ill/injured birds anyway.

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