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Chick just hatched. Need advice on how to keep it company...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DUCKGIRL89, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one splash orpington chick hatch, and not sure if the others will since they havnt even been moving. So I need help on how to keep this little guy company after he comes out of the bator. I have four 3 and a half week old ducklings that im sure will beat him up, so I wont put him in there. Any advice? Anbody ever had a lone chick?
    thanks in advance! Oh and heres the chick [​IMG]
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  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    He can be alone in the bator for a day or two, you don't need to provide a friend right away. If the others don't hatch then I would recommend getting another chick. If thats not possible then maybe a stuffed animal or something. IMO a stuffed animal just doesn't cut it but I suppose its better then nothing.
     
  3. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok, I sure hope the others hatch. I have a few chicken stuffed animals that I can put in with him. [​IMG] thanks!
     
  4. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone on here once used one of those old feather dusters, with the real feathers, with a heat lamp. Id say that's your best bet, but a stuffed animal would be better than nothing. Or gather some feathers from your other chickens, if you have them, and tie them together.
     
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  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. I put a terry cloth in with mine.

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  6. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my fair share of lonely chicks.

    Mirrors usually help a bit, but they're not snuggly.
    The old feather dusters with real feathers represent momma, and are by far the best option IMO.
    Stuffed animals are snuggly, but not as good as the feather duster. As long as there are no loose
    strings or holes for nails to get caught in, old rags help relieve the lonesomeness as well. Before
    all of these things, I recommend trying to get another chick. Chickens who grow up with no siblings
    usually have socialization problems in the future. I have a small hen who had her leg broken at
    3 weeks old, and was kept alone, as I had no way of getting her siblings. Even though she got
    one on one time with me every single day, and lots of TLC from us humans, now that she's older
    she doesn't mingle well at all. I hope your other eggs hatch! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Ukiah
     
  7. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank guys! Such helpful advice! When I went to bed to last night two more of the eggs had holes [​IMG]
     
  8. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] congrats and good luck!
     

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