Stunted Growth in chick?

SimmyChicky

Chirping
5 Years
May 21, 2014
40
3
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Nova Scotia, Canada
Hi, I wasn't sure where to post this. But I am really curious about a particular chick in our flock
All hatched on Boxing day, so quite a few months ago.
While some are growing quite a bit, we have a little one named Mary who is noticeably smaller than the rest, she's been smaller than the rest for a VERY long time. Their chick feed is medicated to protect against cocci sickness/and cure it. They are all well fed too.
They are all mixes of oliver eggers and marans, so we aren't sure if there is a bantam gene present or not. I can get more photos if required
I should also mention that she also still sounds/acts like a chick while the rest are more adult sounding though they are all hatched on the same day (with the exception of the white one)



She is the little one in the middle/front with her sisters



In the front again, plain black one


She is a real sweetie and likes to follow everyone around.
 

junebuggena

Crowing
Apr 17, 2015
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8,201
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Long Beach, WA
She could just be a little slower to develop. Some of those 'sisters' are not sisters.
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Rowsdower

Songster
7 Years
May 27, 2012
771
55
131
I thought so too. Sometimes I forget they aren't actually closely related because they are always together :p

I think junebuggena was suggesting that some of them are brothers, most noticeably the ones with the rust-colored shoulders.
 

Drewnkat

Songster
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
176
41
191
Georgia
I have four RIR hens and one of them is just small. She's been the smallest ever since they were a few weeks old.

She's a good layer. She's normal and healthy. She's just on the small end of normal. I guess just like with people, some are short/petite, and some are big and tall. Being a short gal myself, I can relate!
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