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Runt, gold laced polish, when should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Shadowsfate, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Shadowsfate

    Shadowsfate Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 5 week old gold laced polish. It's always been a runt. Slower growing than the other four chicks and slower feathering... honestly a little slower in the brain as well but not to a disabilitating extent. As its tail is growing in it looks like unbarbed feathers like silkie feathers? So whats up, is it just a runt? Is there anything else I should be watching for? Its a very sweet chick and I want to make sure it does ok!

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    Hard to see, but the fluffy tail.

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    size comparisson with other hatch mates

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    close up on the other hatchmates feathering. As you can see they have neck feather and are mostly filled in while my GL polish still has a lot of fluffy places.

    Please let me know what you all think!
     
  2. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you should be worried. A chick that is littler than the rest is natural, and you can't avoid it. Trust me, there is nothing wrong with that chick. The littlest is always the alertest! I had a tiny rooster who got pecked on all the time but is now the biggest in the coop.
    (but by the way, it kinda looks like it's going to be a boy...)
     
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  3. Shadowsfate

    Shadowsfate Out Of The Brooder

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    Well it seems ok for now. Why do you say its looking like a boy? Its supposed to be a sexed pullet :/
     
  4. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that doesn't always mean they are sexed correctly, but most of the time they are. Polish is my favorite breed of chicken and I have 2 polish roos as well as my darling polish hen-Hattie. I am almost 99% sure that the boys always have sprouts/mohawks like that, because both of mine do. Meanwhile, I am also pretty sure the girls have afros.
     

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