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Going to have only one hatch. What to do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SkyWarrior, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I've got a problem. All the eggs I've gotten from mail order I think are duds except one. That means a lonely little chick. I really don't know where to get local chicks around here and my youngest chicks are three weeks old. Would this work if I put a barrier between them?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Sure!
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I wouldn't put a newborn in with 3-week-olds. First off, they have different temperature requirements (a day-old should have about 95 degrees, 3-w/o's should have about 80). Second, the 3-w/o's are easily twice as big as the day-old unless the day-old is LF and the 3-w/o's are bantam. Third, even if they are the same relative size, they are not at the same maturity level. A day-old will sit around and sleep a lot, 3-w/o's are very active.

    If you have a feather duster you can put it in a brooder with the lone chick, this should keep it company. Otherwise, put a small stuffed animal in the brooder with the new chick. When the chick is older (2-3 weeks) you could probably then put it with the other chicks, but not right now.

    ETA: If you have one chick who is smaller than the rest in your 3-w/o group you can put it with the newborn when it is 4-5 days old. Just be sure to watch them closely to make sure the older one is not picking on the younger one.
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    You might try posting on your State thread to see if anyone near you can help.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=99679

    Housing them side by side with a barrier as you proposed is a good idea. It really should help. You can add a stuffed animal or maybe hang something like a dust mop for it to get under for comfort. Putting in a small mirror so it can see its own reflection also helps keep them from being so lonely.

    Good luck!
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Again, I have to disagree. Day-olds and 3-week-olds have different temperature requirements and shouldn't be in the same brooder.
     
  6. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a lone chick hatch today (my first hatch ever). I have two 3 1/2 week old chicks, and opted to put the new baby in once she was dry. I moved the cuckoo maran chick to a small hen house with a heat light (she's enclosed) nd kept our silkie chick with the newborn. pluggie, the silkie, is kinda special and so far they seem to be getting along splendidly. I was farid the CM would tromple the baby.

    Anyway, Pluggie the silkie baby acts more like a newborn. She's all cuddled up with new Wynona. She's about 1 1/2 times the new peep's size, and was behind in growth from her hatching mates (who I adopted out). She kept getting "poop plugs'' stuck to her butt (hence "Pluggie") in her first week or so, which I had to manually remove, cusing a bald butt. I suspect she's literally a dwarf or something, beyond being bantam.

    I like the idea of a partition if you can, or keeping her separate with a mirror & comfort item, unless your other chicks are small.

    Let us know how it goes...
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I had some chicks that were a month difference in age. When two chicks were a month old and the other was two months old I put them together. I didn't have any problems. When the lone chick was in a brooder box I put a terry cloth in with it. It like to sleep on the cloth.

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  8. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    My first birds, I had 4 week old chicks and 1 week old chicks and they did really well. But I can't be sure of these. Sigh.
     

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