Undersized chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wxdude99, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are three weeks old now, and have been doing fine. But one is way undersized. It's hardly grown at all since it was a day old. Does anybody know what's wrong with it? Thanks.
     
  2. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

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    is it a banty chick?
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's it acting normally except for the growth?
    Does it have any kind of discharge from the nostrils or eyes? Any sneezing? Does it's poop look different from the others?
    If you answered no to all the above questions, the first thing I would try is taking that chick aside a few times a day and offering it an extra feeding all to itself. Sometimes the bigger bossier chicks don't give the littlest one a good chance at the feeder. I believe in always having two feeders available, so everyone gets their share.
    I have a half blind chick that lagged behind. All she needed was some extra one on one feedings to catch up.
    As hard as it is to accept, there are chicks that just weren't cut out for this world. They simply fail to thrive.
     
  4. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does okay. It eats and drinks plenty. It chirps all the time though. I poop is different. It's watery and stinks. It also shivers a lot. What should I do with it? Thanks.
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    Quote:Sometimes they just fail to thrive, if she/he is eating,drinking,pooping I would just give em some extra attention (food,treats) and see what happens from there !!!
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'm sorry. I should have asked if they were eating medicated starter or non-medicated?
    If non-medicated, it could be coccidia. To treat that you would need sulmet. Do a search here on BYC for coccidia.
    Going to find you a link to different types of poo and will post it in a few:

    http://www.chat.allotment.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=17568

    There you can see pics of what's normal poo and what's not.

    You might also try offering plain, non-fat yogurt.
    Good luck!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2008

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