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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AGUANGA, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. AGUANGA

    AGUANGA New Egg

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    Just had two chicks born 3 days ago. One is quite smaller than the other. It was pitch dark here and I heard peeping so went out to find out what was happening (in coop with mama). Mama was in nesting box with other chick and little one was huddled in corner of coop peeping not with mom or other chick in nesting box. I took little peeper and put in with mama. All chickens roosting and quiet. Including mama and the other chick. But little peeper kept peeping even with mama so I brought it in. Afraid the peeping would attract predators to the coop sine I have bob cats and mountain lions around. I put peeper in a box with stuffed animals in my closet in the house (it is warm) as I have not heating lights available right now. Should I put baby back with mama tomorrow? I will have to figure out how to make a ramp or something as baby peeper seems to small to make it into nesting box at night. Any suggestions?
     
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I'd put little peeper right back with mom in the morning; she'll find it and help it find food and water. And a ramp will help if they can't get into the nesting box. Mommas tend to keep them pretty close for the first couple days, tucked safely away. So don't fret too much if you don't see them out and about for 2-3 days or so; she'll take care of them :)

    Edit* make sure it doesn't get cold until you put it back with mom; 98-100 degrees or it will continue to peep because its cold ;)
     
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Even in a warm house, that's not enough heat for a newly hatched chick. Chicks that aren't warm enough are very prone to illness and hypothermia. Can you rig even a regular light bulb to give it an area that's 95*? When you re-introduce the chick, keep a close eye on it, b/c Mama may be rejecting it for some reason. That may be why it was away from her to start with.
     
  4. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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  5. AGUANGA

    AGUANGA New Egg

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    Thank you all for your answers! what a great place to be! I got up this morning an put peeper in with mama. She readily accepted baby back. Had peeper in a shoe box with newspapers, stuffed animals and a space heater in closet! :) woke up and peeper was peeping away! :) Going to the barn this morning and getting straw, move mama to flat ground in the coop, we wired coop so all the other hens and rooster can't get to chicks. Keep you guys posted!
     
  6. Free Spirit

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    Don't forget to have a waterer that the chicks can't climb into and possibly drown as well as chick feed that is small enough for them to pick up and digest. You didn't mention putting any water in the closet with it and the first thought I had was to make sure the chick doesn't get dehydrated.

    I hope there was a lot of room in that closet because my next thought was heater + stuffed animals = danger.
     
  7. AGUANGA

    AGUANGA New Egg

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    LOL! huge closet...farm house closet. Well, the chick peeper thing turned out good! thanks for all your wonderful answers. Went to barn got straw..mama went right to next..babies followed. Closed off the nesting box and she and babies are as happy as clams. Now babies can get to her. Funny I have a mud room here at the ranch..baby pot belly pigs have been in it..baby goats..chickens..you name it! mud room is really great cause you have good access to clean it real well. I have the chickens (first time they hatched outside Mother Natures Way), 3 goats, 2 pot bellies, 5 dogs, 2 horses and a mini mule :)
     
  8. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    That's great news [​IMG]
     
  9. AGUANGA

    AGUANGA New Egg

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    Yes, yesterday I had gone down to the local feed store and bought chick starter and a regular waterer..drip dish. The brooding hen Delores had to get used to it as she is used to drinking out of a large dog bowl. I have 6 buffingtons, 2 Araconas and a rooster named Roo. The are all about 4 years old now and happy to say I have not lost one. We have a lot of wildlife out here, not to mention weasels but they all seem to stay away from the coop..dogs are great to have! LOL! The other hen that was broodiing in the other nest box abandoned ship and left the eggs last night. My son is coming out and building another coop for the brooders and chicks. Then putting up another shelter for the 2 pot bellies for winter....they listen to classical music every afternoon! :)
     

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