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Need some help with one of my baby chicks!

post #1 of 6
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I'm am new to this. I just got 8 baby chicks from a local organic farm. They gave us 6 that seem to all be the same age but one seems really older than the rest and one seems half the size of the other six. I haven't seen him actually eat or drink so I've been giving him ground chicken starter feed mixed with an electrolyte water recipe. He has no problem gulping it up from a dropper. He doesn't seem to have the coordination to cuddle up to his companions so he is always by himself and chirps SO loud a lot. The others kind of trample over him so he gets pushed away from the heat lamp often. When I pick him up he stops chirping and falls asleep cuddled in my hand but my husband thinks it might hurt him to handle him so much. Should I get a separate box and raise it closer to the heat lamp and keep him by himself? How often should I feed him? Any advice? I attached a pic... He's the one on the bottom right by himself.
post #2 of 6

Did they tell you the breeds?

It could be a bantam, so would be smaller than the others.

Holding it won't hurt.

 

If others are trampling him, I'd pull a friend and put 2 in a brooder of their own, at least for a bit, where they can still see the others so you can easily integrate again later. If his pal still runs over him, then just him in a box where he can see the others and a stuffed animal he can cuddle up with.

post #3 of 6
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Yes, he and the darker ones are a buff Orpington barred rock cross and the others are Rhode Island reds.

I'd like to put a friend in but the others are all so much more coordinated and bigger than him. I could give it a try though.
post #4 of 6
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The dark ones are barred rock/ buff Orpington cross and the other 4 are Rhode Island reds.

I'd like to put a friend in with him but they are SO much more coordinated and larger than him. I could try though.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Yes, they are barred rock/ buff Orpington crosses and the lighter ones are Rhode Island reds.

The others just seem so much bigger and coordinated, I don't know if a friend would have it. I could try though.

Thanks for the help!
post #6 of 6

This chick may have just hatched later than the others.  I would separate him until he gets stronger.  I have had to do this with my late hatchers.  Usually after a day I can put them back in with the others.

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