HELP! need companions for lone baby chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jirons, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. jirons

    jirons New Egg

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    This is our first attempt at raising backyard chickens. We ordered 5 baby chicks that were hatched on Mon Dec 16. They arrived Wednesday Morning at 6 am. We were excited to open the package, only to find that only one of the 5 survived the trip.

    We are now raising a lone baby chick, and are trying to find at least one companion for her.
    Does anyone have, or know someone who has female chicks around the same age ( 3 days at the time of this writing 12-19-13) in New Jersey, or eastern Pennsylvania?
    I am in the Manahawkin N.J. area (close to Long Beach Island)
    We have some time off around Christmas and don't mind a day trip to go pick them up.
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  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where did you order the chicks from? The hatchery should be able to replace your order and send you more chicks. In the meantime, I would place a mirror and a stuffed animal in the brooder to help your baby not feel so alone!

    For local chicks, you could try posting a wanted ad in the Buy Sell Trade forum, or try the Where am I? forum.

    Good luck!
     
  3. jirons

    jirons New Egg

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    Thank you for your reply
    I bought them through mypetchicken.com They are standing by their chicks and offered replacements, however, they now have a minimum of 15 chicks to ship until the spring, because of the recent cold weather.
    I don't want to wait that long, and I don't want 15 chickens either!
    We did the stuffed animal and the mirror too, thank you for that!
     
  4. theawesomechick

    theawesomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    She is such a cutie! Try the Buy-Sell-Trade forum or go on Craigslist, and you should find some choices.
     
  5. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Might be a tough time of year to find young chicks. Most people tend to hatch in spring. Hopefully someone nearby will have some chicks.
     
  6. PineShavings

    PineShavings Out Of The Brooder

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    Usually, the hatcheries will refund or send replacement chicks. The ones I've ordered from are really good at that. You can do the mirror trick or go to a Feed store and see if they have any. Right now there's chicks being sold for 2-4$ at my feed store.
     
  7. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have chicks coming on the tenth.
     
  8. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good news!
     
  9. luvmypets

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    Yep
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Oh that is so sad [​IMG]have you called the shipper to see if
    they will replace them ????
    I have plenty for you as mine were hatched on the 11 12 13
    but you are on the other side of the states [​IMG] ....
    Yes put in a little mirror for her to look in to ....

    If you ever order chicks again in the winter ask for a heating
    pad it is worth the 5 dollars ......... And on small orders I do
    not understand why the seller did not demand you get one ...

    And also [​IMG] always nice to see a new chicken
    farmer on here [​IMG] ....

    Try to enjoy you Christmas ......



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