Tiny 3 week old chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Melissa2173, May 18, 2011.

  1. Melissa2173

    Melissa2173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About a week ago I posted a question about one of my barred rock chicks being very small. She is 3 weeks old now and is the size of a 2-3 day old and doesn't seem to be getting bigger. I see her eating and drinking and she acts normal. The chicks I got with her are at least 4 times her size. The responses I received were that maybe she is a dwarf/runt and will eventually catch up. I'm worried about her getting trampled by the other girls as they are so much bigger. Should I separate her from the rest? I hate to do this as I don't want her to be alone but I also don't want her getting injured. This is my first time raising chickens so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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  3. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a tiny one in our last hatch. I figured she wouldn't make it because she was so slow growing/feathering. I kept her with her much bigger siblings. I did keep an extra close watch to make sure she wasn't being bullied. Twice I brought her in for extra feedings at night while everyone else was sleeping. I stopped worrying about her when she was the first to fly and roost. She got good at dodging feet and was always the middle of the sleeping pile. Now I have to go through it again. They are all about the same size as the rest of my flock - except her. So I am in the process of integrating them with the flock and once again I have to worry about her - she is still about 1/3 the size of the rest of my chickens.
     

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