Why aren't they full grown? 24 weeks old and still not very big

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenlover89, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. chickenlover89

    chickenlover89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    Hi all,
    I have 7 chickens within 22-24 weeks, and they aren't very big. I have given them grower feed from blue seal since they were 8 weeks old. I have 2 girls laying eggs, but they still aren't full grown chickens and I have no idea why! Thanks for all the help in advance!
     
  2. TNBlacktails

    TNBlacktails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they are full grown but theyre bantams. Only idea I have .
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Post pictures with something for size reference.
     
  4. chickenlover89

    chickenlover89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    ok, and TNBlacktails i know at least 4 aren't bantams.
     
  5. TNBlacktails

    TNBlacktails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    o well it was just a thought
     
  6. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Overrun With Chickens

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    What breed are they? I'm used to Buff Orpingtons and Jersey Giants and they grow up and fill out nicely by 6 months.

    The last time I had a broody, I went to the feed store to get EE's but feel in love with the owner's Blue Andalusian. So I bought three of those instead. They are 20 weeks old now and barely weigh 2.5 lbs. So they look tiny to me compared to my big Jersey Girl.

    I'm wondering if perhaps you got a breed that just doesn't get very big or if very slow growing?
     
  7. chickenlover89

    chickenlover89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    TheSpiceGirls, I have 1 barred rock, 2 delawares, 1 BO, 1 Blue Wheaten Ameraucana (bantam possibly), and 2 lavender araucanas (also possible bantams)

    And sorry it took so long but I got a bunch of pics now!

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    Barred Rock (Layer, and she went inside to lay an egg when I came to take pictures so I only have 2)

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    Blue Wheaten Ameraucana:

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    Thanks All for your help!!
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They look full grown to me [​IMG]
     
  9. Melabella

    Melabella Overrun With Chickens

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    Ameraucana's mature much later than most standard breeds. Same thing about the BO's. The other girls look like wonderfully healthy appropriate sized new layers. You don't want your birds too big and overweight. Just like people, teenagers are fertile, but don't look like totally mature adults yet. Goes the same for young hens. Sure enough, they will one day older hens.

    Heck,, be thankful you are getting eggs, I have 23 week olds, and nothing.. nada, zip, zilch.... grrr....

    Pretty birds...
    Enjoy!

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    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  10. chickenlover89

    chickenlover89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    thank you, Melabella, should I keep them on grower, or will they grow the rest off layer?
     

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