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Small chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheTwoRoos, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay,so I have been waiting to see if the "This years chicks" would grow big.Well,out of all the chickens I have ever had,they are small.They lay eggs.They are all about 7 months old.

    They also have tiny combs and tiny waddles.Even the breeds that were suppose to be large are tiny.

    Like the New Hampshire pullet.She is tiny for her breed,and has a shrink type waddle for her breed to.Same for the Barred rocks.The Silver laced Wyandotte is very tiny,and she doesn't even have a rose comb,which unusual.Something makes me think all these birds have something wrong with them...

    And the New Hampshire came from a tractor supply,while I got the other from a hatchery.

    The roosters match their breed.The leghorn cockeral is tiny as I was expecting since they aren't very big.The New Hampshire cockeral is fat,and tall,with a okay comb size and waddles.But the pullets look dwarfed compared to the other older hens.

    I have also looked at others pullets on this site and they look normal,like all the other pullets I have seen.

    Any idea on what may b egoing on,just slow growth or something?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Maybe you got bantams by mistake - or they hatched out of pullet eggs. That's all I can come up with.
     
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, sounds like maybe they are bantams.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe it's just because they are hatchery stock? Hatchery birds just don't get as big breed standard birds.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    And it can take more than a year for chickens to finish growing and to fill out, mine can take a couple of years until they get real big.
     
  6. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll take pictures,but they really do not look like bantams.They don't have the body shape.
     
  7. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah,but I have had newhampshires before and by four months they have reached these pullets sizes.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Bantams should have the same body shape and color as their large fowl counterparts, just smaller.
     
  9. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But usually bantam shave like a more flat back
     
  10. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's hard for me tod escribe.
     

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