Chick - ugly duckling syndrome

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hikechick, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. hikechick

    hikechick In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2010
    I have a 4 week old chick, that I think is a roo, who's getting beat up by the mother hens. It's the only yellow one, versus the other 5 chicks are black, so I'm wondering if we have an ugly duckling thing going on. The poor chick was pecked so bad that we have him in a bucket in our sink right now, to keep him safe. What do we do with it? We're thinking of having a third cage for the little guy, but is he old enough to go with out a heat lamp now? The hen had been letting him sleep under her, but not feeling like that will happen again. HELP. What do folks suggest????[​IMG]

  2. dsowens15

    dsowens15 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Winchester, TN
    Yeah, Just put him in a separate pen untill he can fend for his self a little bettter. I think he will be fine with no heat light.
  3. jackiesmamachick

    jackiesmamachick In the Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    you can always put a screen between them till he gets bigger so he dosen't get lonely as they do like company
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Is there a nice little one who gets along with everybody that you can put in with him -- he needs a friend.


  5. nanawendy

    nanawendy Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    I agree with Miss Jenny. He needs a friend... How about the smallest black one? Sometimes the behavior changes when there is a one on one experience. After he heals add a little chick and see if they can be friends.

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