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VERY tiny chick?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EquestrianEm, May 6, 2016.

  1. EquestrianEm

    EquestrianEm Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm very concerned for this little chick that I rescued about 4 days ago (she was a few hours old at the time) She is SUPER tiny compared to my other chick (Buff Orpington) .. I was just wondering..is there a such thing as a dwarf chick? This may be a stupid question. Just wanna know... :) I'm so new to this so I have no idea! :D Pictures below!
     
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  2. EquestrianEm

    EquestrianEm Out Of The Brooder

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    EquestrianEm Out Of The Brooder

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  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like it's probably a bantam (which is a miniature or dwarf chicken). As long as it's active, eating, drinking and pooping, I wouldn't worry too much :)
     
  5. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you rescued from? looks like a bantam as "howfunkyisurchicken" they are smaller than regular chicks.
     
  6. gemma24

    gemma24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is a bantam
     
  7. azjustin

    azjustin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not saying that it's not a bantam, but there are other possibilities. Other people have more experience, I would listen to them first, however....

    We (I) have been incubating any eggs that could be considered fertile and there is a huge difference between some! A few of our new RIR layers put out some micro eggs which I incubated anyways to see if they produced anything. Most did, and next to the Sliver Laced Wyandottes (who lay behemoth eggs), it is quite comical.

    The Wyandotte chicks that are less than a week old are massive compared to the small RIR chicks of the same age, much like your pictures. In fact, they're still huge compared to the regular RIR chicks!

    Eating, drinking, sleeping, pooping = happy chick, regardless of size [​IMG]
     
  8. kamrynwade

    kamrynwade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had many that are much smaller.. It's either a bantam or a problem. The only time it was a problem was when I'd hear ongoing peeping, if they are always sleeping or slow then they aren't getting enough food\water and they most likely won't live. I hope it's a bantam and doesn't have those problems :)
     
  9. EquestrianEm

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    Thanks everyone SO much for this really helpful info about the bantams!!! She is doing FABULOUS! :D Eating, drinking, sleeping, and pooping! She is super active and doesn't seem to have any problems at all. This makes me feel a whole lot better! I was sooo worried that there was something wrong with her because of how tiny she is. Thanks again everyone.
     

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