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Very tiny coturnix chick

Discussion in 'Quail' started by eliseswart, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. eliseswart

    eliseswart Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everybody,

    I have something curious, I have 23 one week old quail chicks who are doing fine, they eat, drink, sleep and grow, but one of them is a very tiny chick, who does all those things too but grow. He is now 30% in size of the others, but he does not seem unhealthy of ill, he just does not grow. They all started more or less at the same size and they are now changing very quickly. The midget however still has his fluffy baby feathers.

    I never saw a thing like this and wondered if this is very extraordinairy. I have no experience with quails whatsoever. I don't know if he will live very long, although he is very cute. He acts normally as I said, sleeps with his big sisters and brothers, eats, scratches, all normal things.

    Has anyone ever had such a chick?
     
  2. browning6

    browning6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had chicks do this. My experience has been that they are just slow developers. However, my mortality rate with the slow growing chicks is super high. within the first couple months i bet i loose at least 50% of them. Some of mine caught up and others are always small.

    But i hope he makes it.
     
  3. eliseswart

    eliseswart Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I thought perhaps it is a new bantam quail mutation or something, but we'll see if he'll be alright. If not, we cannot change anything, unfortunately or for the better maybe. He's developing his new feathers, so there is some movement.

    I put him in a box with another normal one to show the difference:
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  4. Brohnson

    Brohnson Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow... the grown up has some really cool markings! [​IMG]
     
  5. eliseswart

    eliseswart Out Of The Brooder

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    Same age, incredible, don't you think?
     
  6. Brohnson

    Brohnson Out Of The Brooder

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    That is crazy!
     
  7. Quail Jailer

    Quail Jailer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a golden speckled, need eggs?
     
  8. rjoschko

    rjoschko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG, the tiny one is so cute. The bigger one is beautiful as well!
     
  9. cookiesdaddy

    cookiesdaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having the exact same situation this week - I have 25 chicks one week old, ave weigh around 40 g, except one of them still at 15 g! That's only 4-5 g gained since hatched. It's active, eating and drinking just like others! Strange.
     
  10. rjoschko

    rjoschko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched some A&M's almost a month ago and at 3 weeks some of them were still smaller. But just like yours mine were also active and eating & drinking.
     

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