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

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    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

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    ok then
     
  3. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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
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    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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