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What causes some chicks to be half the size of others?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sheeshshe, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, so I have 8 chicks downstairs...2 of each type. 2 Welsummers, 2 black sex links, 2 dominiques, and 2 EE's. The welsummers are 5 1/2 weeks old, doms and links are 4 weeks old, and the EE's are 2 1/2 weeks old.

    The wellies, 1 is twice the size of the other. Same with the EE's and same with the dominiques. The black sex links are the same size however. I mean, especially the welsummers, the size difference is remarkable. but really you can tell huge differences in sizes with all types except for the links.

    what on earth causes this? is it a dominance thing within the breed? like who dominates who for food?
     
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some breeds grow faster then others. You should see the size difference between my 2 red pullets and my 4 cornish x that are the same age.
     
  3. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In this case i"m talking about within the same breed.
     
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry i must have read your post wrong. I think you may be on to something with the their not as dominant as the others and getting pushed away from the feeders. I hope somebody can help you figure out whats going on.
     
  5. chickgarden

    chickgarden Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a similar question. I have one chick that just is so much smaller than the rest (Ameracauna). I'll be interested to hear what others more experienced have to say.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    It's the luck of the gene pool poker draw, I'm afraid. Out of a flock of pullets, all from the same breeding, some "runts" always show up.
     
  7. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting that I'd get a couple runts hehehe. I don't mind as long as they all turn out alright... which they seem to be doing just fine :)
     
  8. Chickenjocky

    Chickenjocky Out Of The Brooder

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    The smallest of my birds seem to be the best layers.
     

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