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What started as a whim has become an obsession

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I stopped by the feed store down the street one Saturday. I don't really remember why. I ended up bringing home 3 of the most perfect little ladies! Ophelia (a red cross), Mathilda (a leghorn), and Gertrude (a sex legs). Unfortunately, after almost a week, I came home from work to find Gertrude dead in the bin. We stayed at two about a few weeks until, again, on a whim, I stopped by a different feed store. I picked up 2 silver lace wings (I think that's what they are called). Surprisingly, the four bonded very well. I had no issues introducing the ladies. Last Sunday I cleaned the coop, but I completely forgot to shut the top of the nesting box. My heart sank when I went to check the girls and realized there were only 3 hens left. ūüėĒ
I decided to give it one more try. Today I bought two very young brama chicks. One seems pretty strong, but the other is so small. She started getting weak and didn't seem to be thriving. I looked for help here and saw something about cleaning her little bottom with a wet cotton ball. She has perked up a bit, but I don't think she is eating or drinking much yet. I don't want to loose another life. I'm hoping to find help here.
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Welcome to BYC :frow A whim? If you say so! lol Chickens can be become an obsession and wonderful addiction quickly, as many of us discovered. Sorry to hear about your losses so far. I think you should start a thread in the Raising Baby Chicks section with as much details and info as you can, about the little Brahma and let's see what we can do to help.

 

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‚ÄúListen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.‚Ä̬†

 

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post #3 of 9

Hi and welcome to BYC - seems like there's too many feed stores in your area! :) I think that your only solution is to move to another area, cos chickens are addictive, and you seem to be hooked already.

 

I hope that the members on the thread Sumi suggested can help you out.

 

Good luck

 

CT

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Welcome, glad you have joined us.   So sorry about your losses.

 

You should also visit the Learning Center, there are a number of articles there you may find helpful.

 

 

Better luck with your remaining flock.

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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Welcome to BYC.  Many of us here have had the same kind of luck when first starting out. Lessons learned and we start again.

 

Make sure your weak chick is staying warm, able to get to the food, and not being picked on by the others.And keeping her bum clean will help keep the pipes open.  Feed medicated feed and add electrolytes to the water.  Hopefully all she needs is just a little jump-start to get her going.  However, sometimes those little ones just 'ain't right' and fail to thrive.

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 1 horses: Zane Grey , 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 12 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele.  Jersey Giant...

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An update on the weak Brama - she didn't make it through the night. I think she was just too young. So now I'm left with one chicken in the tub alone. I have 3 others in the backyard, but this one is too young to introduce to that group yet. I know (or maybe think) that chickens are not loner beings, so I wonder if I need to go get her a nest buddy right away or can I raise her by herself for the next month until she is ready to join the other flock?
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I'm so sorry… You're right, chickens are much happier with a companion of their own species, so getting your lone chick a buddy is good idea.

 

‚ÄúListen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.‚Ä̬†

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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‚ÄúListen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.‚Ä̬†

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #9 of 9

for now give her a stuffed toy to   cuddle with  and a mirror, so she thinks there is another chick with her.  That should  work until you can get a buddy or two (about same age,size) for her.

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