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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:20 pm 
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Hi everyone
I have slowly introduced a bantam chick I was given (maybe 14 weeks old now and been here a month) to my two older big birds and of course they still don't like her much. She's (well I hope she's a she) too small to weigh down the treadle pedal on the feeder, so I give her food separately - away from the big girls who would grab it if they could. However she's a skinny little thing (probably anxiety!) and doesn't seem to eat much at all. Any ideas on a feed to fatten her up a bit as she's growing?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:02 pm 
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At 14 weeks she should be eating a Pullet Grower feed. That will give her the best nutrition for healthy growth.
She is really too young to compete with your older birds and is likely to be stressed and bullied until she is mature (pol).
Can you get her a friend of a similar age - 2 will eventually integrate better than 1.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:04 am 
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She is getting grower feed (but seems to spend all her time eating grass and only picks at the feed). I'm having a go at attaching a pic of her (again, I hope a her) a week ago. I did wonder about getting another bird of similar age. Will have to search for one online. And I suppose a similar size? Or is it age that matters more? Your advice always so helpful, thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:27 am 
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Rocks can be late bloomers - don't rush to get her off the Grower. She won't lay before the Spring.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:54 am 
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Hooray! So glad she’s a hen - she’s an adorable little bird. Thanks again. I’ll start looking for a friend for her.


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