Greetings all. I've been keeping chickens for four years now, turkeys for three years, ducks for two, and this year, added guineas, geese, and peafowl. I currently have two adult males, one yearling male, and two adult hens who laid eggs last year where they were living. One of the hens unexpectedly laid several eggs last month. I wasn't watching for them, so I didn't spot them until something had broken three of the five. The surviving two eggs went into my incubator. Despite being placed in the incubator at the same time, the two eggs hatched a week apart, which perplexed me, but I'm dealing with it.
Last week, the first hatched chick was in the brooder with a single guinea keet that hatched at the same time. In the morning, I found the peachick stuck on its back, unable to flip over. When I flipped him over, he couldn't seem to stand, and seemed weak on one side. I searched the forums and got some great ideas, and commenced to hand feeding with a syringe, a concentrated sugar water solution, about 1cc every 30-40 minutes. The next morning, the chick was alert, coordinated, walking around, eating, and back to normal. I named him Pip at that time.
The second chick hatched the next day after that, and 24 hours later, went into the brooder with Pip. As of today, there are four keets, Pip, and Pip's sibling in my brooder.
Today, however, Pip had on two occasions, started making the three-peep-distress-call. It starts relatively soft, and then escalates into a very loud, very distressed cry. When I go check on them, no one is harassing Pip. Pip is up, running around, not panting, not shivering, and seems to be completely normal, except that he's still crying. When I pick him up to check him for injuries or anything else, he stops crying, settles down, and goes to sleep in my hand.
Has anyone else run into this before with their own chicks? Is it possible that Pip is just crying for his "mother", who is me? Or am I missing something? I know that peachicks are *very* fussy and hard to hatch out and keep alive, especially for a novice. I've hatched plenty of ducks and keets and chickens, and even a few goslings, but these are my first two successful peachick hatches, and I'm really trying hard to help them thrive...
If this is just loneliness or attention seeking, will this cause problems when Pip grows up? I tried looking this up online, but google failed me, so I'm hoping the experienced folks here can help!