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HELP! Raising baby chick alone?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimber56, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. kimber56

    kimber56 In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2016
    My brother-in-law just gave us an orphaned chick...the mother and other baby were killed. We have it inside a cage inside our large coop with our five other chickens. One chicken is about 6 years old and is the only surviving one from our original flock, and the other four are around 6 months old. The older five do well together and we haven't had any issues. If the baby gets close enough to the side of its cage the others will try and peck it. Every time I go to check on it, its usually frantically searching for a way out to be with the other chickens. Common sense tells me not to put the baby with the others, but I am not able to find baby chicks this time of year. Would it be better off staying in the cage inside the coop, or should I take it out altogether? Thanks for any advice! :)

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    How small is it? If it isn't at least 1/2 grown the others may attack and kill it. You may have to grow it up some before you integrate it with the others.
  3. kimber56

    kimber56 In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2016
    It's still pretty small compared to the others, hard to say exactly how old since it hatched at my brother-in-law's. Our 6 month old chickens are the same size as our 6 year old chicken, so we felt comfortable putting them together. If I have to leave it by itself to get bigger, would that cause it stress so it won't be healthy? Our area doesn't get baby chicks until around Easter each year.
  4. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Songster

    Jun 13, 2014
    Portland Oregon
    I would probably take it out and give it a mirror so it felt like it had a friend!

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