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New Chick won't stop chirping - unless it's dark.

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I have a black australorp chick - she's about a week old.  She will not stop peeping/chirping - whatever.  My daughter and I have been cuddling her, carrying her inside our shirts, I let her sit on my shoulder underneath my hair, etc.  She stops peeping when she gets a drink or a bite of food, or when it's dark - but other than that it's seriously non-stop.

We've been talking to her, handling her, holding her, crooning to her - but she won't stop peeping.  My other chicks didn't carry on like this, but they were about two weeks old when I got them. 

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 10

is she alone without another chick? 

chicks peep generally when they are too cold, hungry and/or alone.

your body heat may not be warm enough for her, especially on your shoulder and under your hair. 

a word of caution also, letting a bird sit on your shoulder is giving higher rank to the bird for peck order and can be dangerous later on.

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She is alone - my other girl(s) are 8 weeks old.  One turned out to be a roo, which is why I got another female. 
The roo is being relocated this weekend.

I'll try putting her under a heat lamp - I hadn't thought to do that previously because it's been in the 80's and she's in the garage at night.

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Edited by bodacia26 - 4/6/09 at 2:25pm
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post #4 of 10

at her age i would keep her under the lamp as much as possible and get her something to bond with like a stuff toy or something.

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post #5 of 10

Chicks like it 80+ at all hours at that age... however, it sounds more loneliness to me. I had a lonely duck and gave her a teddy bear to cuddle with... she calmed down until she saw me come in the room. She prefers to be with us rather then the bear, but the bear makes the most difference when we have to be away.

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post #6 of 10

lol it happened to me with my baby Meg.... she was only peeping in the store though


shes too cold most likely, maybe lonely and/or scared too

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post #7 of 10
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Hello again.  I put a heat lamp on her and stuck a little stuffed teddy bear in there too!  And......  it's blissfully quiet! 

Thanks to all for your helpful advice! big_smile

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i read in in a book 3 years ago the chick is de hydrated and needs water, i have done this on mine today 27/02/2013 and again it works, keep warm and hold the beak under the tap running water a few times and it soon learns how to drink, not as all these other people have had a gess, i have been like that for years people telling me the wronge things, your find i am right have ahd chicks out 19 ok one was cherping all morning water a few times and his ok 3 hours latter

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i read in in a book 3 years ago the chick is de hydrated and needs water, i have done this on mine today 27/02/2013 and again it works, keep warm and hold the beak under the tap running water a few times and it soon learns how to drink, not as all these other people have had a gess, i have been like that for years people telling me the wronge things, your find i am right have ahd chicks out 19 ok one was cherping all morning water a few times and his ok 3 hours latter

This thread is four years old so I doubt the original posters are around to see your reply!

 

But I'm not sure what you mean about people saying inaccurate things and your way being the right one. It is a tried and tested fact that lonely chicks will bond with a stuffed toy and quiet down if they're warm, which was suggested in this thread. I do agree that dehydration can play a role in a noisy chick, but I would never hold a chick's beak under running tap water. It seems too risky for the chick to get water in its nostrils and drown at the hands of some well-meaning first time chick owner. Dipping its beak in standing water--like its chick waterer--several times a day (usually once is all it takes) til you're sure it has "gotten it" is the safest method to give water to chicks. smile.png


Edited by Bellatrixed - 2/27/13 at 11:42am
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This thread is four years old so I doubt the original posters are around to see your reply!

 

But I'm not sure what you mean about people saying inaccurate things and your way being the right one. It is a tried and tested fact that lonely chicks will bond with a stuffed toy and quiet down if they're warm, which was suggested in this thread. I do agree that dehydration can play a role in a noisy chick, but I would never hold a chick's beak under running tap water. It seems too risky for the chick to get water in its nostrils and drown at the hands of some well-meaning first time chick owner. Dipping its beak in standing water--like its chick waterer--several times a day (usually once is all it takes) til you're sure it has "gotten it" is the safest method to give water to chicks. smile.png

 

goodpost.gif   one way is not always the right way. and i definitely agree, holding a chick's beak under running water is WAY too risky! I had a 2 month old die from putting its own beak too far in a waterer... i definitely wouldnt trust myself doing it under a faucet!

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