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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tood, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. tood

    tood In the Brooder

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    I have a 5 1/2 week old barred rock who is about 1/3 the size of her sisters. Her feathers are very thin almost as if she is molting. She has a lot of spunk and keeps up with the others though she cannot fly to the high roost like the others. Any ideas?
     

  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
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    Just a runt---I have a silkie chick who is half the size of her brothers and sisters but is just a sweet little thing. She has no problem with handling herself! [​IMG] Maybe just build her a lower roost? I also gently toss the smaller ones up to roost--they land up on the bar and sleep at night...they learn real quick to get themselves down and then I toss them right back up the next night...then they just learn to get up themselves. [​IMG]
     
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

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    Could she be a bantam?

    Jody
     
  4. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    I've got a columbian wyandotte like that... she stayed all fuzz for the longest time, then a few feathers and fuzz..... looked like the moths got into her. She didn't fully feather out until about 2 1/2 months and she is still only half the size of her flock mates at almost 5 months old. She is the cutest thing and can hold her own with no problem. Her name? Mutini - a tiny mutant. [​IMG]
     
  5. tood

    tood In the Brooder

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    Thanks to all of you who replied. I feel much better. I have placed her on the higher roost a few times, but I worry that the jostling that goes on will unseat her, so now I leave her to fend. I have named her Thumbalina. She is sweet and follows me around. I have taken her to the garden with me when I weed and she is a great help and companion.
     

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