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Tiny baby - should I worry?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jendodd79, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have one very, very tiny little easter egger chick that is 7 days old. All of my other chicks (that are 8-10 days old and different breeds) are at least twice the size of it. They all have wing feathers and the beginnings of a tail and shoulder feathers and the little EE baby hasn't sprouted any yet.

    It seems to be making it's way otherwise, but I can't help but worry - In the beginning it was very unsteady and had pasty butt, but we got that cleared up. It's back end just seems so tiny but I don't know if it was a lack of feathers compared to the other ones.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Sometimes chicks don't thrive for some reason, but you can help her by upping her protein intake (scrambled egg and plain yoghurt) and by giving her a boost with a vitamins+minerals supplement in her drink water. Good luck!
     
  3. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What age can you start giving them scrambled egg? We've been doing yogurt for a few days now, I can't believe how much the chicks go crazy for it! I'm making sure that Little One is getting itself in there to get some as well :)
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    She's old enough now. Boiled egg is also good. But get some chick grit or clean sand to sprinkle over the food, just a bit, to help them digest it. I sometimes take chicks away from the others for special treats. I think the others know! LOL
     
  5. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like it had, or still has, somethin' that set it's development back a bit.
    Could it be that it's just a smaller breed, or that the breed it is develops more slowly than the others you have?
     
  6. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's my only confirmed EE, so who knows what the other parents could be! It's as feisty as the rest of them, and there are a trace of wing feathers today, so that's good!
     
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    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so ignorant that I'd first have to ask, "What does the acronym 'EE' stand for?"
    But, I still found an older thread that may be worth lookin' over (might gain subtle clues as to how he/she oughta be lookin' as he/she grows ~'-)

    --> peck here <--​
     
  8. sumi

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    EE = Easter Egger, type of chicken that lays colourful eggs, like blue and green.
     
  9. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, and further proof of how ignorant I can be:
    Of the twenty-six chicks in my brooder right now, at least a few of 'em most probably *are* EEs. Soon as I prep the fireplace for this season's use, I'll take some pictures (they're ~ 3 weeks old now ~'-)
     
  10. Chillychick

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    Make sure you check it's bottom. I lost one chick due to something called pasting. I didn't know what it was until it was too late. [​IMG] He was just smaller than all the rest but he had something on his bottom. It is very easy to fix if you know what's wrong. You just give it a bath. Use rubber gloves and make sure you wash your hands. Good luck.
     

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