Help Need Companion Chick!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hicksbleecker, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. hicksbleecker

    hicksbleecker Hatching

    May 13, 2012
    I had a very unsuccessful hatch and only got one chick out of 14. Now I have a very lonely banty that needs a friend. Looking for a new banty hatch, one week or two old to purchase. I'm in Thousand Oaks, CA. Anyone got anything?

  2. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

    Jul 4, 2013
    jus because they are alone doesnt mean they need a chick but that would be best. you can set up a feather duster to be mama hen. and put a mirror in to make it think it has other chicks. i had a friend who had the same problem and followed this and it turned out fine.
  3. MuddyHillFarm

    MuddyHillFarm Chirping 6 Years

    Jan 15, 2012
    Rincon, GA
    I had the same problem this spring. I posted my "Lonely Only" to Freecycle in my community and had LOTS of people willing to add one more chick to their hatch. Here is a list of Freecycle communities in California:
    I ended up giving my little one to an experienced chicken fancier who was looking for Wheaten Ameraucanas.
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

    Jul 22, 2013

  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging 5 Years

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Someone gave me a single hatch earlier this month, having read on BYC, I tried the mirror & feather duster/stuffed animal method. It works great, the next day I located a chick close in age. They BOTH love their feather duster & looking at the other chicks in the mirror that looks like them...It's cute. The single hatch's an Orpington while the company chick is a Silkie, they were similar in size but now I'm wondering if I should have left well enough alone. The Silkie is half the size of the Orpington but they get along, I will probably have to rehome the Silkie eventually, don't know how it will work into my 2 month old 6 Pack (2 Orpington, 3 Wynadottes, 1 Ameraucana) .
  6. jdoane

    jdoane Songster

    Aug 7, 2013
    Western Massachusetts
    Check Craigslist for your area. Just make sure you are getting a healthy chick. Ask a lot of questions.

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