What's up with my mini Giants?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JacksFlock, May 24, 2010.

  1. JacksFlock

    JacksFlock Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2010
    We have 3 Black Giant chicks along with 8 other breeds and the "giants' are the smallest chicks out of the bunch. All of the other chicks have tons of feathers at 3 weeks, but the giants don't.

    Also one of the blacks doesn't seem to be growing. She's about a 3rd of the size of the rest of the chicks. Is this normal for black giants?
  2. JacksFlock

    JacksFlock Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2010
    ok then
  3. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    I have two giants as well - they definitely do not seem to grow as fast as the other breeds I have, comparatively speaking (I have 13 chicken breeds - some really grew like weeds!). At about 3ish months they are finally starting to sprout up; and I do have one that is smaller than the other as well, although both appear to be pullets. I think as long as they are eating, drinking and behaving like healthy chickens it just may be the way it is. I have read where some giants really do get giant - whereas others don't necessarily reach record sizes. I got mine from a hatchery so I suspect I'm not looking at the top blood lines either.
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I breed Jersey Giants and I don't find them to grow slowly as chicks - to fully mature, yes, they take awhile, but when I hatch chicks of a different breed with them, they all seem to mature at the same rate. Could just be a specifi bloodlines that matures more slowly as a chick.
  5. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Shamong, NJ
    I only have 1 JG chick. We got 3 turkens or Naked necks at the same time and the NNs are maturing a lot faster than the giant. Don't know if that helps or not.

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