Too Skinny?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HenoftheWoods, May 17, 2011.

  1. HenoftheWoods

    HenoftheWoods Out Of The Brooder

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    :barnieHi y'all, Might be a stupid question. My 4 plus weeek old RIR and BSL chicks feel skinny to me. They have food 24/7 Dumar chick starter and plain yogurt a couple of times. They are VERY active in the booder and are flying freeks! Is this just teenage growth spurts? They poop regular [​IMG] and everything seems normal. They just feel boney on the chest when I hold them. I have never had chickens befoe so any input is appreciated. Love this site!
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    I am pretty sure your chicks are normal. My chicks seemed thin around that age too but they look fatter now that they are older. It may be because they are fully feathered now, and they werent when they were 4 weeks. And I have fed them the exact same thing as you.
    Here are pics of my chicks when they were 4 weeks for comparison:
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    Here is what they look like now:
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  3. ddcoyne

    ddcoyne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks do have a hard bone that runs down the middle of their breast. It's normal and you can definitely feel it when you hold them. I bet yours aren't skinny. I bet you're just feeling that bone.
     
  4. HenoftheWoods

    HenoftheWoods Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone. I think I am just paranoid. They really do seem fine. I just needed some back up! [​IMG]
     
  5. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I wondered about that bone! [​IMG] I noticed it when I picked one of the girlies up and about freaked out and started picking a bunch of them up and checking!! [​IMG] Finally after checking about 12 girlies and different breeds I figured it had to b normal! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sunny & the 5 egg layers :

    I am pretty sure your chicks are normal. My chicks seemed thin around that age too but they look fatter now that they are older. It may be because they are fully feathered now, and they werent when they were 4 weeks. And I have fed them the exact same thing as you.
    Here are pics of my chicks when they were 4 weeks for comparison:
    Production red
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1058.jpg
    Black Australorps
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1019.jpg
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1066.jpg
    Dark Brahma
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1031.jpg
    Here is what they look like now:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1804.jpg
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1793.jpg
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1827.jpg
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1900.jpg
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1789.jpg
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84433_102_1742.jpg

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to cute!! I can't wait to see what mine will look like when they grow up!!​
     
  7. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Sorry I just realized I didnt put an age for the recent pics, they arent full grown yet. They are 10 weeks! [​IMG]
     
  8. HenoftheWoods

    HenoftheWoods Out Of The Brooder

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    OMG 10 weeks! As a first time chicken mom I sure hope it stops raining soon or my house will BE the coop! [​IMG] These girls are psycho, but, I love them. LOL
     
  9. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, the only breeds that you can't obviously feel this bone are meat birds. Otherwise, even dual purpose, seem "skinny" in comparison.
     
  10. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sunny & the 5 egg layers :

    Quote:Sorry I just realized I didnt put an age for the recent pics, they arent full grown yet. They are 10 weeks! [​IMG]

    Holy crap!!!!!!!!! I have 5, 6, & 7 week olds and they don't seem near as big as ur girlies yet! I'm scared!! [​IMG]
     

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