Runt chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by doulachicknmama, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. doulachicknmama

    doulachicknmama In the Brooder

    Jan 15, 2012
    I have 4 chicks that are exactly the same age, same set, hatched within a day or so of each other, 3 the same breed (silver laced wyandottes) and one is significantly smaller than the other 2. It's getting it's feathers in at about the same rate, behaving the same, seems to be active and healthy, I've seen it eat and drink, and it's not getting picked on, but it hasn't grown much since it was about a week old, and they are about 4 weeks now. The other 2 Wyandottes are getting lanky and gawky looking and have grown quite a bit, but one is only slightly larger than it was at a week old.

    Could this be a gender thing, or an illness thing, or what? My husband keeps teasing me about my "bantam wyandotte" but unless that can just randomly appear from 2 full size parents, that's not the case, these birds come from champion show birds and I was expecting alot from them!

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Sometimes a small chick will eventually catch up in size. There is, however, a genetic condition that I know nothing about that causes small size and is eventually fatal. I think they call it dwarfism. Let's hope yours catches up.
  3. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Songster

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Interesting. I have one of these as well. Seems to be happy and healthy and has a voice to make up for its small size... but not really growing.
  4. i had one like this, sprouted feathers a few months later than the others, but in the end it is as big and healthy as the others!
  5. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    I had one. It caught up in no time. :) We called him Tiny Nugget.
  6. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I had one of these and eventually we had to remove it from the brooder in fear the others would hurt it. After several weeks it was still the size of a 3 - 4 day old chick. It did not grow feathers. It passed away after a few weeks.

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