Originally Posted by Robblob
Originally Posted by Beekissed
Just about every time I've ever had a chick that cheeps continually, when all the other chicks seem comfortable, that chick had something wrong with it and I'd find it dead before long. No pasty butt, no obvious reasons for death, just dead on the floor. It happens. Any time you have livestock, you'll eventually have dead stock.
Ehhhhhh. I hope that doesn't happen. I already had that happen with one of the chicks, but I think it was due to my ignorance with the heat lamp when I first brought them home. Said chick would chirp chirp chirp and boom....dead. Fingers crossed that it's just a needy chick seeking attention.
Who knows why that chick is cheeping? There could be something wrong with it physically, it may have imprinted on something weird so it’s lonely even when surrounded by other chicks, or who knows what else. I’ve had some chicks that were just really vocal, though not with the distressed peeping.
I’ll tell a story. One year I got a bunch of chicks in the mail, the first chickens I got when I moved here. They were hatched on a Sunday and shipped on that Monday morning. On Friday, when they were five days old (younger than yours so this is not your problem) and the egg yolk they had absorbed before hatch ran out, one Australorp pullet started giving that distressed peep. It was just standing there peeping. After I while I dipped its beak in the water. It stood there and guzzled water. It was obviously thirsty, getting dehydrated.
I had dipped its beak in water when I first put it in there. The other chicks were drinking but it never learned from watching them like a normal chick would.
Fast forward a bit over a year. One of my Black Australorps went broody and hatched out several chicks. That was the dumbest broody I ever saw. She kept getting separated from her chicks and getting them in trouble. She managed to raise all of them but only because the rooster worked overtime helping her out when she got in a bind. I don’t know for sure but I think it might have been the same chick.
I don’t know what is going to happen to that chick. You might look at it like people that help a chick that has trouble hatching. A lot of those are going to die anyway, there is a reason they had trouble hatching. But some will do fine after you help them. You just don’t know until it is all over. I wish you luck.