Strange chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 6DouglasPeeps, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. 6DouglasPeeps

    6DouglasPeeps New Egg

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    Hi everyone! First post here, but we've benefitted from many of the existing posts. Thanks!

    Here's the issue. We have six approximately 5-week-old chicks we got from Tractor Supply. One of the chicks our kids wanted was noticeably the smallest of all of them, even though I suppose they were all close to the same age. It was a red pullet of some kind.

    Anyway, within a couple weeks it became obvious that Tiny wasn't growing as well as the others, and I thought it was just a matter of having suffered the effects of being the runt. Then upon closer examination, we saw that its toes curled inward. I researched and thought it might be a riboflavin deficiency, so I separated it from the others and began giving it supplements for a week or so, along with some makeshift shoes. The others never had that problem, were getting much better feathers than Tiny was, as well. When fitting the shoes I noticed it had feathers all the way down to its feet, and then I noticed that one of its feet had an extra toe. After the week was up, I saw that nothing had substantially changed except (marginally) its size and feather condition, probably due to its isolation. Because its feet are so malformed, I still have it isolated to avoid being hen-pecked.

    Now the other chicks look like young chickens, and Tiny, at around half the size, looks like a bizarre deformity. Now there is something more identifiable as feathers over her body. But I have no reason to believe there is any suffering (there don't seem to be any neurological effects). Tiny scratches and peeps just like the others. My question: is Tiny a bantam gone somewhat afoul (pun not intended)? Honestly, I'm mostly worried about its feet. Do we need to consider euthanizing him/her/it, or might he/she/it live a somewhat unusual but not miserable life as a pet? I don't want to kill it just because it looks weird. Plus, I have my kids to worry about...

    Here are some pictures:

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    Note Tiny's toes:
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    And for comparison, here's the other red we got the same day:
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    I'd appreciate your wisdom! Thanks!
     
  2. Silkie Chick

    Silkie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratulations! You have a frizzle cochin! Anyway... We have one hen that has two toes completely connected and she is very happy. We also have a couple that have that problem, although not to such a degree that yours has. Unless she is seeming to have difficulty living life fully and contently, then I think you should not worry about having to cull her. BTW [​IMG] Have fun on your chicken raising adventure!
     
  3. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aaaawww a Frizzle! I have two Frizzles. They are my favorites but sssshhhh don't tell the others!

    Cinnamon & Mumble hanging out
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  4. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh another thing Frizzles can get cold easier then normal feathered chickens but there is nothing wrong with them other then that. [​IMG] Gratz on your Frizzle!
     

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