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I don’t have any experience with chicken diseases, so can’t venture into any advice on that. My best guess is sometimes young newborns just don’t make it. We do all we can, sometimes we just don’t win. I’ve lost chicks, for seemingly no reason, I don’t have the answer. But I know you are giving the very best care possible. I hope the chick rallies and gets better.
Hey @Baymule,
So the chick didn't make it. :hit
But our big ol' brooder just hatched 3 new birds! They are huge in comparison to our other birds we hatched or even the other brooder's chicks! See attached. Any ideas why?
And yes, I will keep asking these questions...there's a reason my name is NEWCOMER. Our birds, if you look at the little black one who recently died, are very small. That birds was a week! These guys are 2 days old!!!!!
 

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Or, for better comparison,
See the bird on the first page!! That's 2 WEEKS old! Seriously, any idea why?
 

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Hey @Baymule,
So the chick didn't make it. :hit
But our big ol' brooder just hatched 3 new birds! They are huge in comparison to our other birds we hatched or even the other brooder's chicks! See attached. Any ideas why?
And yes, I will keep asking these questions...there's a reason my name is NEWCOMER. Our birds, if you look at the little black one who recently died, are very small. That birds was a week! These guys are 2 days old!!!!!
Aw, I’m sorry your chick didn’t make it. :hugs
 

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No idea why the size difference. What breeds of chickens do you have?
 

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Are the chicks barnyard mutts? As in, mom and dad are two different store bought breeds? If they are mutts, they could take after one or both parents, or even be a throwback to a previous generation if one of the parents was a hybrid. Chicken genetics is fun, sometimes you end up with randomness you weren't expecting. If the egg it hatched from is large (or extra large), it may have had a larger yolk and got bigger as a result. Or it could be a large fowl chick and you've only had standard to bantam sizes before.

Do you know which hen laid the egg and what roosters were around to potentially father it?
 

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Uh... @Baymule breeds are:
Rhode mixed with buff brahma
A rare black bird from New Zealand
And a bunch of mixes resulting from the above. But a roo from our neighbor jumped the fence so maybe that's the father. I think hes like some kind of huge fancy bird. Dont know.
 

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Are the buff brahmas the bantam version or full size version? My full size brahmas got huge, although very slow growing, and I think as chicks they were on the large size. Could be the big chick is part brahma. It will also help to figure out once it grows adult plumage too.
 
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