Why isn't my Egyptian Fayoumi growing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Alexandra33, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, all! One of my almost 2 1/2 week old chicks has been slowly dwarfed by not only her Fayoumi, Spitzhauben and Cream Legbar "siblings," but also the 3 1/2 week old bantams. She just isn't growing much at all, so is she just going to end up being a bantam-sized Fayoumi?
    Minnie is in the middle.
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    Compared to a Porcelain d'Uccle, who is a week older.
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    Next to her sister, Iris. See how much smaller she is?
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    ~Alex
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2016
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aren't Egyptian Fayoumi smaller chickens though? Mediterranean sized? But compared to the D'Uccle that is a big difference, are you sure you have a Egyptian Fayoumi and not something like a OEGB?
     
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can get her to start growing normally, usually they catch up in size by maturity but the ability to do that is affected by why they're not growing properly in the first place! You might try giving her a vitamin supplement, probiotic, and feeding her some high-protein snacks (mashed cooked egg for instance) to see if that helps jump-start her.
     
  4. dragonmomma

    dragonmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    At least it isn't like the one I saw at tractor supply yesterday that's head and neck is all sideways. Is she getting enough food? Brooder looks crowded. I have a smaller egyptian of my own she got chilled in shipment I brought her back with honey water she is still smaller but slowly growing and feathering in she is just about 4 weeks now and 1/2 the size of her sister. I noticed they are super skittish. Maybe it's to afraid to eat enough? I just got my egyptians to start eating out of my hands a week ago after a lot of persistence. Or maybe it's deformed?
     
  5. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fayoumis are very small LF, but I don't think THAT miniscule. I mean, she's smaller than my Buttercup was at that age, who also had stunted growth due to a back injury. I'm pretty sure she is was Meyer said she was, and what's more, they don't carry OEGBs (though that would be cool!). [​IMG] She's literally not changed in size much at all since we got her!

    That's great advice; thank you! [​IMG] We've given her scrambled eggs in the past, though not consistently enough, I'm afraid.

    We are going to be splitting them up into two brooders today, because they are growing so fast it isn't even funny. [​IMG] I've seen Minnie eating quite often, actually, but it doesn't seem to put meat on her bones. She doesn't seem to be deformed, or skittish, while Iris, the other Fayoumi, is INCREDIBLY flighty.

    Thanks, guys!
    ~Alex
     
  6. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    " She's literally not changed in size much at all since we got her!" My oegb's do that XD But so do alot of bantam breeds!
     
  7. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ha ha! My bantams have grown quite a bit, especially the Wheaten AMs and Faverolles. But then again, maybe mine are just fat. [​IMG]

    ~Alex
     
  8. dragonmomma

    dragonmomma Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe you will have the mini version of egyptian. New line bantam Egyptians lol. Hope she starts growing it always sad to see a baby struggling without being able to help it! They are strong little buggers tho my two were the smallest in my shipment and both survived a night at the post office (they didn't call when they came in) I lost 3/4 of my babies. Thankfully Mc Murray has great customer service and credited me on my next order my losses covered my next order. It was terrible to watch them keep dieing from getting to cold :( but ya fingers crossed for her to start growing!
     
  9. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now wouldn't that be something! [​IMG] Other than being of diminutive size, Minnie is quite active, healthy, and adorable, so I'm hoping she'll be just fine in the long run.

    I am so sorry about your losses......[​IMG] things like that are so devastating.

    ~Alex
     
  10. dragonmomma

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    I'm the future I'm going to make sure no babies shipped until after april! I'll just get an incubator and hatch some of my own peepers to have them start summer laying! And ty it was awful to watch I spent almost 48 hours straight doting on chicks. I'm happy some survived. They are troopers for sure I def got the strongest bunch left!
     

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