Silkie chicks growing slowly

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  1. Denisejmdk

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    My silkies and buffs are the same age I know the buffs grow faster. I am concerned about my silkies. Compared to the pictures I have seen, they look too small.[​IMG]
     
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    They are all 5 weeks.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Are you sure they're 5 weeks? They look to be around a week or two old, judging by their wing feathers. The Silkies are always going to be smaller, since they're bantams, but they should be much more feathered in by now if they're that age.

    I wouldn't be too concerned if they're active, eating and drinking.
     
  4. Denisejmdk

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    I got them 4 weeks ago. They eat and drink fine. They get along with the buffs.I was concerned for their size.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Wow, they should definitely be bigger at that age. What are you feeding them? How warm are you keeping them?
     
  6. Denisejmdk

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  7. Denisejmdk

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    Medicated chick food, it's in a yellow bag. I believe it's Manna pro.
     
  8. junebuggena

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    Do they have unlimited access to feed at all times?
     
  9. UlmerChickens

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    If you are seeing the buff orphintons pecking or bullying the bantams maybe you should separate them.
    The Buff Orps may not letting the silkies have access to food.
    The silkies may also have a slower rate of growth than Buff Orps naturally.
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  10. Denisejmdk

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    The silkies are fine with the buffs. They have food and water 24/7. Their big girl feathers are coming in. They are healthy but small. I saw the adults , they all looked fine.
     

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