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How can I get a wild new mom chicken to take a 1 week old chick that isn't hers - Caribbean chick needs mom!

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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,

Skooni

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Welcome! So raising the chick yourself is not an option?
Yes Mama chickens will adopt chicks, and you might manage to get the chick accepted, especially if they are all the same size.
I do not actually have any experience with this, so I could be wrong. But o have read of others getting their hens to adopt. Good luck!
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Thank you! We cannot keep her/him - we are renters (I can imaging the landlord's face!!!!) and we live with three cats who would just love to meet (and eat) this poor little bit of a bird!

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