Smaller chick amongst the flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by capebird, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    My 5 barred rocks are approaching 3 weeks old. I purchased them all at the same time...
    from the feed store where they all arrived in the same box from the hatchery....

    All of the girls are doing great... they all eat, drink and have different personalities.
    I do notice that one of the chicks doesn't seem to be growing or feathering out at the
    same rate as the other 4. She is a bit smaller. The others are getting fully feathered
    where the smaller one is just starting to get feathers... and has just a hint of tail feathers
    coming out, whereas the others have noticeable tail feathers. The small one's wings seem
    small too.

    Is this typical... the way people have different "body types".... maybe she'll catch up at some
    point... but just thought I'd ask if anyone has any insights.

    picts attached. Thanks.
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    My frizzle Cochin didn't start feathering until she was a good 4-5 weeks old. Usually it's a rooster trait, but my frizzle Cochin is defiantly a pullet. She has the most soft silky beautiful feathers I've seen on a chicken.

    I wouldn't worry as long as their eating, drinking and running around.

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