Will runt chicken be ok laying eggs?

Ann Wellhouse

In the Brooder
Feb 27, 2021
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One of our chicks had splay leg. We put on the standard brace and one leg healed.

The other leg dragged her down a lot. One day the bad leg caught in the fence and a squirrel chewed it off. With some antibiotics it healed and she now is able to balance on one leg well and flap around with the other hens.

She is now growing but will probably always be a runt.

My question is will she lay eggs an appropriate size for her small body or standard size eggs that might kill her?
 

Sablehaven

Songster
May 22, 2020
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Poor girl, I'm glad you are so committed to keeping her healthy and happy : )

I have a runt born from full sized chickens and she lays these adorable little eggs with no difficulty at all. Hopefully, she will be just fine : )
 

FatChicksDigMe

Crowing
6 Years
May 9, 2015
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Merced County, CA
One of our chicks had splay leg. We put on the standard brace and one leg healed.

The other leg dragged her down a lot. One day the bad leg caught in the fence and a squirrel chewed it off. With some antibiotics it healed and she now is able to balance on one leg well and flap around with the other hens.

She is now growing but will probably always be a runt.

My question is will she lay eggs an appropriate size for her small body or standard size eggs that might kill her?
That sounds like a bad movie poor girl! I have a very small mille fluer d'uccle that I think is a runt. Hopefully your girl is better now my friend
 

FatChicksDigMe

Crowing
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May 9, 2015
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Merced County, CA
Oh goodness... maybe she is a runt AND a bantam 😂

My little girl is full grown and weighs 34 ounces.

Ps, sorry for derailing :p
:lau No worries! I knew d'uccle were small but I didn't think "serama" small! Shes very active and sweet though. Best friends with my green queen bantam. I will have to take pictures tomorrow morning!
 

CalBickieMomma

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Jul 27, 2019
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Poor little bean! Not sure if my situation compares, but I have a Barred Rock who had some sort of impaction at 2 weeks old. I treated her and had to withhold solid food for a while, so by the time she was able to eat normally again, she was half the size of her siblings. But she was only about three weeks old after the ordeal, so was able to catch up to them in a couple of weeks. She lays fine now.
 

Ebony Rose

Free Ranging
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We have chickens here that they call Kikiriki; these are even smaller than the bantams from which they were bred and cross-bred in the past! Kikiriki chickens come in all colors, a multitude of comb types and adults weigh under 7 ounces with very short legs. Their eggs are small, but fully functional.
 

FatChicksDigMe

Crowing
6 Years
May 9, 2015
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Merced County, CA
Poor little bean! Not sure if my situation compares, but I have a Barred Rock who had some sort of impaction at 2 weeks old. I treated her and had to withhold solid food for a while, so by the time she was able to eat normally again, she was half the size of her siblings. But she was only about three weeks old after the ordeal, so was able to catch up to them in a couple of weeks. She lays fine now.
She doesn't seem to be starving, because she does have a full crop. I hope it's not impacted! How can one tell?
 

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