Annoying injured chick follows doesn't' stop crying and follows us around the house

bikerchick2

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Sep 27, 2020
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I recently rescued a 2 day old Icelandic from a failed adoption scenario. It had significant head wound from getting pecked by the broodie hen and has been isolated.
Upon rescue the poor little think was screaming it's beak off... but now 24 hours later he still doesn't shut up at all... He is eating and drinking little.

The chick is super aggressive and pretty nimble - he was able to jump out of the brooder, got out last night and wandered around the house until my wife found him this morning. Its literally started following her around the house.

Ever seen this type of behavior? Is there a way to calm him down without having to play with him?
 

rosemarythyme

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He's completely alone without any other chicks? He's lonely. A mirror or a small plush toy may help keep him company.

Brooders should be covered at all times, optimally with some sort of mesh for ventilation, to keep the chicks from escaping and keep any other animals from reaching in.
 

MROO

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I recently rescued a 2 day old Icelandic from a failed adoption scenario. It had significant head wound from getting pecked by the broodie hen and has been isolated.
Upon rescue the poor little think was screaming it's beak off... but now 24 hours later he still doesn't shut up at all... He is eating and drinking little.

The chick is super aggressive and pretty nimble - he was able to jump out of the brooder, got out last night and wandered around the house until my wife found him this morning. Its literally started following her around the house.

Ever seen this type of behavior? Is there a way to calm him down without having to play with him?
Try a turkey-feather duster hung along the wall where the baby can crawl under it. The mirror and a small stuffie are good suggestions, too. Our rescues Silkie had an oversized pompom - the big ones that kids put on their backpacks. We called it his "Mompom," and he not only slept with it, but as he matured, he carried it with him everywhere he went. He was a ridiculously spoiled house rooster for almost two years before he finally decided that "outside" does not eat chickens ... and has GIRLS!
 

bikerchick2

Hatching
Sep 27, 2020
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Thank you all so much for the terrific advice... We got him a mirror and a heat lamp... he is still really loud though... Also we put him in with a bunch of brand new chicks for a while and it doesn't' seem to relax him at all.
 

Folly's place

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Welcome!
He hasn't been having a good time, and may just need to settle in with friends. As long as he's not injuring anyone, or being injured, and is eating and drinking, let things be.
How are these other chicks doing? Temps okay? Space? Food?
Mary
 

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