Size difference -- Is this normal? Pic attached

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eastvanchicken, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. eastvanchicken

    eastvanchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Our sex-links are 3 weeks and a couple days old. All seems to be going well, however there is a vast difference between the 'runt' and the larger chicks. One is half the size of the two biggest (of four). She feathered in slower etc. but otherwise seems OK. Anyhow see the picture.

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    Is this normal or is something wrong?
     
  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    I had 3 BR, 3 BO, 2 RIR and 2 EE and they all matured and feathered out at differing rates.

    The runt of the whole bunch was one of the RIR's which I didn't think was going to make it. She sayed tiny and slept a whole lot under the heat lamp.

    At 9 wks, she is bigger than the other RIR and a couple of the BO's.
     
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    mine too--I had 2 of my RIR x BO mix chicks hatch out-the runt-is now bigger than the other-and I think she is a pullet-31 days old today!!!
     
  4. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a problem as long as she's healthy. She'll catch up.
     
  5. eastvanchicken

    eastvanchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I'm only concerned as she is staying smaller and we are at about day 24 now. Not that we'd mind a small hen given we are in the city...
     
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  6. xadika

    xadika Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. NitaAZ

    NitaAZ Out Of The Brooder

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    My parents had chicks this winter and had one that stayed smaller than the others for months. They called her Little Chicken and the other chickens took care of her and protected her.

    Little Chicken is now normal sized and doing well!

    nita
     
  8. eastvanchicken

    eastvanchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all. Breathing easier. And the coop is finally finished!
     

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