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post #11 of 12

You've brought up a very pertinent issue! Your chick craves being in proximity to other chickens, even older ones.

 

I and many others have had a significant conversion from brooding chicks separately indoors to brooding them outside in the coop or run so that can grow up in proximity to the rest of their flock. The chicks are accepted into the flock early on while learning continually how to be chickens.

 

If you can possibly rig up a safe brooding pen in your coop, or if you have a run where it's possible to rig up a safe pen and protection from the elements, your chick will be far less lonely with other chickens and their activities going on around it.

 

I wrote an entire article on why this is so beneficial to chicks. Click on the second link below my post. You will see how my system works in the photos I posted. This could make your life and your chick's life so much easier.

post #12 of 12
Congratulations! I would highly recommend getting at least one more chick. Chicks do a lot better if they have a companion (trust me, I know from experience). They will often be calmer and more social if they have another chick to cuddle up with and keep them company wink.png That's just my advice. Hope all goes well!
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