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Runt or something else?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wonder Mom, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Wonder Mom

    Wonder Mom In the Brooder

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    I received four chickens that were all hatched on the same day. I believe they are Wyandottes. One has just started laying eggs, while one of them seems to be a "runt." Her comb is still small and pink, she weighs considerably less than the others, and she often just wants to lay in the hen house. I'm very concerned about her. Is she just a runt that's taking longer to develop, or could it be something else? She seems fine otherwise.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    She may just be low in the pecking order, or she may have a health problem that is affecting her activity level such as a weak heart. Is her comb starting to get red yet?
     
  3. Wonder Mom

    Wonder Mom In the Brooder

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    No, it's not really red and it's still small. One of the other girls has a nice, large red comb that flops over!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    I have had chickens that never developed or laid eggs, and one day they just died around a year old. You just never really know why.
     
  5. Wonder Mom

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    Even her feet and legs are pale.
     
  6. Wonder Mom

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    :-(
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    Give her some time, she may perk up and start laying eggs just later than the others.
     
  8. Wonder Mom

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    Poor Macaroni died in her sleep last night.
     
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    So sorry for your loss.
     

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