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HELP!! Abandoned chick won't stop loud chirping

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My broody RIR hen hatched 5 chicks last week but was still sitting on several eggs.  When I went to check on them yesterday the hen and 5 chicks were not in the nest and there was an broken eggshell.  I looked around and found the recently hatched chick on the other side of the coop.  It was wet and cold to the touch, eyes closed, not moving, opening mouth but not making any noise.  I took the chick inside and put it under a heat lamp and gave it some quick chick.  It made it through the night.  Has some pasty butt and not eating very well but active.  It keeps chirping loudly unless somebody is holding it.  As soon as we put it back in the brooder it starts chirping again and stands in the corner of the brooder looking at us.  Is it lonely?  I gave it a stuffed teddy bear, the chick slept on it last night.  Unfortunately i don't have another chick to put in with it.  I have other chicks but they are all older.  What should I do? Why is it not eating?  Why is it chirping all the time?  Please help!


Edited by chickiemomma - 5/7/08 at 7:18pm
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I had a chick that was very simular to this one.. unfortunatly it did pass on this morning but it just wanted to be held all the time. Chirping loudly.   Mayby you could dropper feed it some chick start or something to get it going and maybe call around the feed stores that sell chicks and try to find one within a couple of days and get it a friend..

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post #3 of 24

Can you sneak it back under the hen at night? 

If you're keeping it in a brooder, a mirror sometimes helps, and also a featherduster for him to cuddle under.

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If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
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post #4 of 24

Grab one of it's siblings and put in with it. If it doesn't start eating then, you might try some hard boiled egg crushed up really fine.
If you can't catch one of the chicks, try putting a mirror in with the lonely chick.

Or try putting it back with the hen at night.

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Edited by Rafter 7 Paint Horses - 5/7/08 at 7:32pm
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post #5 of 24

If the temperature is OK, then it's probably lonely as others have suggested.

Try a old-timey featherduster for it to hide under like 'mom'.

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post #6 of 24
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I know of only place that sells chicks locally, but they have a 6 chick minimum.  As much as i would love to I can't take that many. 

I tried hard boiled egg, it would not eat it. 

Would it be ok to put this one back with the broody even though the other chicks are 1 week older? They are not sitting under the hen as much at this point.  They seem to be out exploring their coop every time I check on them.

Don't have a feather duster but I will try the mirror next.

I also checked the temp.  the warmest place is just under 95?.

post #7 of 24

Will it eat anything? If not, you might as well put it back under mom tonight and hope for the best. They can live for 3 days without eating, but it is better if they eat right away. If I have to move a single chick and take it away from its friends for a bit I stick it in my shirt right up by my shoulder, they always settle in and go to sleep. That might let your little one get some rest, but won't solve the eating problem. Good luck.

post #8 of 24
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I'm worried that she might either leave it again or kill it if I put in with her.  It's still to cold for it to survive the night without heat.  In the last 45 min the chick has eaten a little plain organic yogurt, tiny bit of chick feed and has been drinking.  Still chirping like crazy.  I couldn't take it anymore, so it is now sleeping on me.

post #9 of 24

Try wetting the crumbles and making a mash.  Maybe the crumbles are too big for the chick, even tho the crumbles are supposed to be for chicks.

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post #10 of 24

It would not hurt to see if the pet store will sell you one or two.  My local store has a 6 chick min too, I only wanted 2.  I told the gal that I had  several chicks the same age at home already, I just wanted one of each of those 2 breeds.  It is worth a shot... Good luck!

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