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 Post subject: STUNTED GROWTH OR JUST THE RUNT??
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:23 pm 
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Has anyone experience a runt within their chicks this season????

I have one mother hen who had 2 chicks one is DOUBLE the size now at 6 weeks old and the little runt we call "sparrow" receives plenty of food but just is slow growing….

He is not sick just slow growing!

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 Post subject: Re: STUNTED GROWTH OR JUST THE RUNT??
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:33 am 
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I get the odd white peachick that this happens and I believe its cause by lack of nutrition at birth from the yolk sac. I feel they do not use all the yolk at hatch and it has a big affect in the first 4-6 weeks. I have also found many [not all] will die sooner or later as they are weaker and more susceptible to diseases ect...

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 Post subject: Re: STUNTED GROWTH OR JUST THE RUNT??
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Ok Thanks- I hope "sparrow" doesn't die - he was slightly smaller when they both were hatched!
I was thinking maybe he would die early on- but he seems to be getting heaps of food and sting- but genetically speaking yes weaker in the yolk sack!
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 Post subject: Re: STUNTED GROWTH OR JUST THE RUNT??
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I agree with TP its a nutrition issue but not after birth. Its hard to correct and it may never fully develop and yes 50/50 if it will survive but that said many have so gluck.gif

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Oh wow there is a big difference I hope she survives

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I hope he/she recovers and grows into a full size gluck.gif

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Its a % of 50/50 if it will reach full maturity but well worth trying

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Will be interesting to see if it grows to normal size

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Is that caused by the parents not getting good food? I was told that for cats and if their kittens were runts is not enough vitamins and minerals


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I think that is one cause but it could be a few things

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