I hate one of my chicks!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bakerjw, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    Well actually not hate but darn close to having a bowl of chick soup. Just kidding. But I was frustrated.

    I moved my TSC sex link with her 7 chicks out into the run with the other 7 TSC girls. Everything went fine after the mother hen ran at the other girls letting them know that her brood was off limits. Took a whole 5 minutes and everybody gets along great. That was last weekend.

    Fast forward to Tuesday evening. We had cold rain moving into the area so I went out and proceeded to hustle the chickens into the coop earlier than is normal for them. I've been doing a renovation and had drywall to finish and sand. Getting the girls into the coop wasn't too big of a deal although I did have to do a couple double captures. Getting the mother hen in wasn't even too bad once I wrangled a few of the chicks inside. Eventually I was down to one rather distressed chick. They have yet to figure out how to go up the ramp with mother hen.

    It took me 20 minutes to wrangle the last chick into the coop. It would run back and forth under the coop peeping like crazy. At one point the mother hen came out and somehow managed to coax it onto the ramp. I thought "Great! It's going inside" But the mother hen spotted an earthworm and bounded off the ramp to show the chick the treat that she had found. Of course the little fuzzy butt bounded along after momma.

    Someday they will realize that the ramp is their friend.

  2. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    There's one of those in every bunch-mine just so happens to be a 2 month old Porcelain Pyncheon rooster that does the same thing.
    I've called him every name in the book and even made up a few chasing him in the rain. [​IMG]
    Don't hate him, just get frustrated with him, same as you.
  4. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Awww, that's cute! LOL

    Yep, always one that's different in every brood.
  5. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    [​IMG] I feel you I have littleones right now too.
  6. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I have one I absolutely can't stand as well! She's the meanest thing, and if she wasn't a good layer and also my sons chicken she would be soup!
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Now picture that EXACT event, but I'm crouched down in a run that is less than 3 ft tall, trying to get a chick inside, all while mama broody is successfully biting me trying to protect her chick. [​IMG]

  8. Nat123

    Nat123 Chirping

    Oct 20, 2010
    Home Sweet Home
    Ops! Bring earthworms or any treat to get them inside the coop [​IMG]
  9. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    bribe them into the coop it works well for me.
  10. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    In my last set of chicks, I named to siblings - - - NOW and LATER.

    Later was always the last one for anything ! Last to leave the coop, Last to return to the coop.
    She just refused to do what everyone else was doing. They ran left and she would run right . . . .

    Her sister, NOW would come along just like she was suppose to!

    In case you are wondering - - - all HENS get dessert / candy names. Hence, the NOW and LATER names [​IMG]

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