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I have 2 more chicks and more questions.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by naturemom, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've explained our chick situation before in other posts, but I'll have to again here so it will all make sense:
    The third grade at the school where I teach hatched some chicks this spring. On the day that the chicks were to be removed from the classroom (where they had becaome a MAJOR distraction) one child was quite anxious to take "his" chick home, but nobody had spoken to his parents about it. The teacher told him he could take 2 chicks home over the long weekend, but not keep them. A week later, I was given the five remaining chicks, only 2 of which I really wanted. The "long weekend" turned into 2 weeks and I finally got the other 2 yesterday. The 3 I didn't want went to a new home today. So now I have 4 chicks, separated in 2 boxes. I've been advised in a previous post to keep them separate for a couple weeks in case the new ones have picked up any diseases, and then introduce them gradually since they will have forgotten each other by now, so that's what I'm doing.
    My questions are about the new chicks. This child had mentioned to me earlier that he wanted to keep some chicks, and I asked what his parents thought about it. He said it was OK with them as long as it was his responsibility. This raised a major red flag for me, but it was not my decision wether or not he could have them. So yesterday I got them back and found out he had run out of food early on and had been giving them quick-cooking rolled oats instead. Nothing else, and no grit. They seem OK so far, but aren't quite as active as my other chicks. If they do have any ill effects, how will I be able to tell? Is there anything special I should do for them?
     
  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    If they aren't very active, there's a sign for you right there. Are they now eating grit? are their crops enlarged?
     
  3. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are eating grit now, and their crops don't seem to be enlarged. They are getting more active. I'm hoping maybe they were stressed from the move yesterday and are getting over it. They had a pretty rough day yesterday. When I got to school, they were in my classroom, which seems the logical place to put them, but the AC was on and I think they were a bit cold. I moved them to another room where it was warmer, so they weren't there long.
     
  4. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Update:
    They don't seem to be suffering any ill effects, and I've had them over a week now. They aren't as interested in treats as the ones I've had for longer. Maybe they feel the need to eat lots of chick starter to make up for lost time.
     

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