She seems so young and small compared to the others

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stephanie739, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is Buttons, a 4 week old bantam cochin. She is very healthy, running around, testing her wings, eating, drinking, etc. She just seems so tiny, with so few feathers compared to everyone else. Isn't she pretty? [​IMG]
    Only one other is a bantam, and he is a roo (see his behind? He is closer in age to the big birds, probably about 5 weeks old, pictured in the center of the last picture) Most in this group are 5 1/2 weeks old.
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  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! She is small!!!!! If shes healthy, i wouldn't worry to much. I dont know if there is a disorder/disease that cuases her to be so small. but id love to find out. ANY ONE????
     
  3. JenniferNgo

    JenniferNgo Out Of The Brooder

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    This happens sometimes in bantams and tiny breeds. Its referred to as a "micro" they are usually (not always) infertile and don't live as long (maybe 4-5 years instead of the 6-8 years, again sometimes not always) .

    Very cute and very rare. Because of their size they are usually the humans favorite so they tend to be friendly little tykes! Enjoy her!
     
  4. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks!!! i had no idea!
     
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    Tracy the chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Unless it is failure to thrive, I wouldn't worry. I've had two cases and they both passed away. They just would not grow. [​IMG]

    If your girl is healthy and active and not lame and tired, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
     
  8. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. I am not overly worried about her health, at this point. I do of course have to keep her warmer than the others and I thought being a pullet (which I do believe she is) she will be a little smaller than her brother (born about a week ahead)....She does seem happy and healthy. I love watching her fly and she sure can run fast.
     

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