Help! Someone is trying to give us one of their baby chicks!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sunnyseagrl, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. sunnyseagrl

    sunnyseagrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all,

    We have five 2 week old chicks already and have a friend who is wanting to give us one of their chicks from a broody hen who is also 2 weeks old. My question is....will that be okay????? Will the chick from the hen be okay being in a brooder without a hen? Will the other chicks peck at it?? I just don't want to take the chick and place her in an environment where she'll suffer. Please let me know if anyone has had experience with this or what your thoughts are!
     
  2. sparrker

    sparrker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it'll be fine. Introduce it at night while their sleeping.
     
  3. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with sparrker. let us know what happens though
     
  4. sunnyseagrl

    sunnyseagrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your advice! Do you think the new little chick will cry for it's momma hen? If so, what do I do?
     
  5. Greyfox Farm

    Greyfox Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feed her! Treats go a loooong way to making a little bird happy. She'll adapt just fine.
     
  6. sunnyseagrl

    sunnyseagrl Out Of The Brooder

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    What can I give 2 wk olds as treats? Do I also have to give them grit if I do treats? Sorry, I'm so new at this...
     
  7. sunnyseagrl

    sunnyseagrl Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, we got the baby chick and just stuck her in the brooder with everyone else! She seems to be doing just fine. There was a little pecking on her part but not much at all. She's eating and drinking so that's good! We have no clue about what breed of chick she is so we'll see about that, though she is very pretty. Her droppings are different than the other five, but I think that's because she was outside eating off the ground. Crossing our fingers that all continues to go well!
     

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