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Our silkies hatched 9 chicks, and this is our first experience with Mama hens and their babies. One was born with straddle legs, so we followed online directions to tape and correct it. While baby healed, which only took 2 days, we kept her indoor in brooder. She didn't have coordination or desire to peck food or water, so we hand fed and watered her (egg yolk and medicated chick starter feed). Day 3, we took her to mama hens and babies, but she chirped so loudly nonstop (cried)! Good news--hens didn't peck her and taught her to scratch and peck for food. Still wont drink on her own, and wouldnt stay under mama's wing, isolated herself. Bad news---never stopped crying. After 1 hour of supervision, I brought her in, held her, fed her and put her in brooder. 1 hour later, she still hasn't stopped crying so loudly. Anyone have experience here? How can we help her get calm, and what can we do to further integrate her with flock of sweet silkies when time is right? Thank you!
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Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry to hear about your problem chick. I'd suggest posting your question on the "Raising baby chicks" forum for the best advice.

 

Good luck

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Sometimes a chick crying a lot   is because they are too hot or too cold.   You may get her to  drink water on her own by sweetening it a bit with sugar.  Also tap on the water dish to show her that is where she should drink.  A momma hen would do that.   If she is just lonely, put a small stuffed animal with her to cuddle with, and  a non breakable mirror, so she sees another chick.   If she doesn't seem ill, maybe you could put another docile chick in with her.  Chickens are flock animals and do best with a buddy or two.  You can also give her    2 drops of  Polyvisol (NO IRON) pediatric drops 3 times a day.  This usually gives them a boost.

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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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Thank you so much. Very good ideas. We put another docile chick in with her, and she had a tiny pillow my daughter sewed, which she did love to snuggle. So sadly, she just never stopped crying loudly. She ate and drank through it all (from dropper, tapping or dipping beak didnt matter to her), but she never calmed down. She didn't seem nutrition lacking, so I just don't know what caused her to not make it. So sad and don't want this to happen to others (15 more eggs hens are sitting on).
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