Size difference

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yadaguhtoo, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. yadaguhtoo

    yadaguhtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 five week old Lavender orp chicks. Two of them are the same size and healthy, the 3rd one is almost half the others size and a little on the skinny side. Is this normal? They are eating chick starter and the little one is eating just fine it seems. Also at what age should I switch to grower?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Were they purchased as straight run or sexed? If your little one has a full crop at night, is active, eating and drinking well, droppings are normal, I would chalk it up to individuality.

    ETA: If seperate grower is available where you live, you can switch them to that at 6 to 8 weeks. If only starter/grower combination is available, they can stay on that until they start laying.
     
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  3. yadaguhtoo

    yadaguhtoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched these babies in my incubator [​IMG] I have flock grower available at my feed store, they said it is for all bird types turkey,chicken etc. if you are raising them for meat, I'm not. I just want eggs and healthy chickens of course. Is this okay?
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Because I have all ages in my one coop - from newly hatched chicks up to adults, I feed flockraiser to all my chickens. I just offer oyster shell on the side for my laying hens.

    Since your chicks are home-grown and therefore straight run, I'd consider the idea that you have a little roo on your hands. All my roosters have been the smallest in the flock; then one day they catch up and pass the hens in size.
     
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