Runt of the bunch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LaSwampChickens, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. LaSwampChickens

    LaSwampChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 barred rock pullets that are almost 4 weeks old and 2 Ameracuana's that are almost 3 weeks old. One of the Ameracuana chicks is significantly smaller than her sibling even though they are the same age. The other chicks are much more coordinated and chase bugs around the yard when I let them out but little Blonde just stays in the carrier most of the time. She walks fine and acts normal for a chick her size but she just isn't growing like the rest. I had been using unmedicated feed until a few days ago when I got nervous she might be sick so I switched to medicated starter/grower. One of the barred rocks and her sister Ameracuana had pasty butt a while ago but they are growing fine. Maybe she is just a late bloomer? What do y'all think?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I would ask if there's any chance she's a bantam? Often there's something internally wrong with ones who fail to thrive, they fail to grow properly and most eventually pass. I'm not sure that's there anything more you can do but provide proper care. Unfortunately not all make. I will hope yours picks up, and catches up.
     
  3. LaSwampChickens

    LaSwampChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess it is possibly she could be a bantam... I did get her from a local feed store and all the chicks were in the same brooder.. The guy at the feed store was confident they were both regular Americuanas but who knows lol they are different colors than one anther lol But then again so are Americuanas lol
     

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