same age, different development rate

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shawneegyrl, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Shawneegyrl

    Shawneegyrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2013
    Winter Springs, FL
    My Coop
    I got 3 BO chicks 10 days ago and they were identical in size. One was just a shade darker in color, otherwise I could not tell the three apart.

    Now 2 of the chicks are much larger and have quite a lot of feathers on the wings and some tail fluff. The third is much smaller and just barely has feathers starting in wings.

    All of them eat and drink and run around very happily. Would the difference in growth rate indicate male/female or could the one have a problem I cannot detect? They were straight run chicks.

    Any thoughts?



  2. gcbsmommy

    gcbsmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2013
    Hope someone with experience weighs in! We have 16 BOs that are 5 weeks old now. All of them grew at very similar rates - they are all supposed to be girls, though.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    Nov 7, 2012
    I have no experience, but google "feather sexing" and see if BO's are on the list that can be feather sexed. If so, females feather out faster than males, but my understanding is that the sexing is only reliable for the first few days. My uneducated guess is that the slower developing one is a roo.

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