Hi all -
New here and just became a very reluctant baby chick mom an hour ago when my spouse couldn't stand to watch a one week old(?)
chick as it desperately ran from adult to adult trying to get underneath someone for warmth. When a rooster started attacking it we became parents.
Since we live in the Caribbean, there are chickens everywhere and there's a new mom just down the block from us. Is there any way to convince this mom to take on a new baby? I don't see a future for this wee sprout without a real mom.
Any clues deeply appreciated. Love your site - within 5 minutes I knew what to feed and how warm it needed to be!
Thanks in advance,
UPDATE: (and new questions)
Thanks for this info you are all very kind and helpful!
I've got bread to lure the mama and a squirt gun to dissuade the daddy - now all I need to do is find them - I saw them a couple of days ago but they seem to have disappeared. In the meantime, the wee sprout is in the bathtub on a towel covered heating pad under a little stuffed duck toy.
Also, eggs and rice are all she/he's eaten so far - I even trapped ants with sugar and she pecked at them but wasn't fast enough to eat one. We don't have a store with chicken feed here so I bought millet and lentils to mix with the rice. Not sure what else to do as she's rejected smashed cashews, applesauce and banana.
I am not sure how much she should be eating and sleeping. She doesn't have any tail feathers but she has a few tiny pin feathers on her wings. I found a chart that said she should be a week old based on that. She's done a ton of sleeping. We set alarms and got up every two hours in case she was hungry but she slept hard all night.
Lastly is it possible to tell their gender this young? Thanks again!
Edited by Skooni - 5/14/16 at 8:26am