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we went to rural king today and they had a baby chick who was hurt and was being pecked by the others and I didn’t have the heart to leave her so here I am with just one chick. We plan to get more to raise with her once her foot is healed. Any tips for it just being one single chicken?
 

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Warmth, cuddly stuffed animal, mirror, feather duster (?) ... What's wrong with it's foot? Where are you located?

You could use a regular 60 watt light bulb for warmth, depending where you live & ambient temps. Chicks need about 95* for the first week or so, decreasing 5* weekly. You'll know if they're cold, lots of chirping. You could also try a heating pad (MHP by Blooie). I've used a feather duster (mimic a hen) but others discourage it stating the chick(s) can get tangle/strangled with it ... A cuddly fuzzy stuffed animal works too, remove anything (strings, buttons, decorations, etc...) that it could get into trouble with. Mirror so it can see it's self, thinking theirs another chick ... I keep a radio on with soft music so it thinks it's not alone.

Depending how old it is when you introduce more chicks, you'll probably have to do a slow introduction. Best wishes
 

chickchick-chicky

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Warmth, cuddly stuffed animal, mirror, feather duster (?) ... What's wrong with it's foot? Where are you located?

You could use a regular 60 watt light bulb for warmth, depending where you live & ambient temps. Chicks need about 95* for the first week or so, decreasing 5* weekly. You'll know if they're cold, lots of chirping. You could also try a heating pad (MHP by Blooie). I've used a feather duster (mimic a hen) but others discourage it stating the chick(s) can get tangle/strangled with it ... A cuddly fuzzy stuffed animal works too, remove anything (strings, buttons, decorations, etc...) that it could get into trouble with. Mirror so it can see it's self, thinking theirs another chick ... I keep a radio on with soft music so it thinks it's not alone.

Depending how old it is when you introduce more chicks, you'll probably have to do a slow introduction. Best wishes
Not sure what is wrong but you can kind of see it. Thank you for the advice! Plan on cleaning as soon as we get home. And I am located in Alabama. We have 7 other full grown chickens so this isn’t our first go.
 

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we went to rural king today and they had a baby chick who was hurt and was being pecked by the others and I didn’t have the heart to leave her so here I am with just one chick. We plan to get more to raise with her once her foot is healed. Any tips for it just being one single chicken?
Welcome to BYC!:frow
Seriously. Go back and get 2-3 more tonight or tomorrow.
*this is called “chicken math”.
Chickens need companionship.
If you clean up that boo-boo on its toe it will heal fine.

You’re in the pool now honey!
Might as well start swimming! :lau
 

chickchick-chicky

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Is the toe nail off? It doesn’t look too bad. Spray some BluKote on the toe and get more babies :) Better to get more now, than having to use separate cages for introductions.
It looks like it’s torn skin. We are going to give it about 4/5 days to heal and go get more! :) she was just being pecked by everyone else laying there :’(
 

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It looks like it’s torn skin. We are going to give it about 4/5 days to heal and go get more! :) she was just being pecked by everyone else laying there :’(
Many times young chicks go for each others toes. Generally it stops after a bit. Looks like it got a bit out of hand. I would think it will heal quickly without much intervention.
 

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