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Besides their normal running and playing, the chicks need
regular planned exercise. This is important to growing strong, stright
legs and feet. The chicks are given walks and swims each day. Without
enough exercise, the chicks are in danger of developing leg and toe problems
because they grow so fast.
grow fastest between 10 and 30 days of age. They may grow a half inch
and gain ten percent of their body weight each day! Imagine how huge you'd
be if you grew that fast! After that, their body growth slows; there's
less need for extra exercise as more of the chicks' energy goes into growing
301 after training. Photo
Dan Sprague, Patuxent WRC.
301 swims for exercise.
Photo Dan Sprague
swim here first.
Photo Jane Duden
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