Lonely Chick :( Please Help!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by adcockfarm, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi we have two 5 week olds, 3 hens, and a lonely white leghorn aged almost 1 week. it chirps all the time and seeks attention from the older chicks occasionally when we are not there, but mostly from us. we hold her a LOT... any ideas to help? i feel bad for it... chicken-toys? treats? Help!

    (and no, we can not get another chick)
     
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  2. BBCHICKS123

    BBCHICKS123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know we're you are coming from we have raised a few chicks by them selfs, my best advice is to spend as much time with her as possible also you can put a stuffed animal in with her
     
  3. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! next step: introducing to the 5 week olds [​IMG]
     
  4. sarandrew11

    sarandrew11 Just Hatched

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    I've read music helps
     
  5. MasAhora

    MasAhora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone posted a picture of feather dusters they hung for chicks to go under and walk through as if it were mama hen. (Maybe Blooie?).
    I have a sick chick alone at the moment and it loves having my soft skirt hung loose above it, it goes back under whenever it feels like some security or comfort and makes more contented noises.
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I want to give you meaningful advice but I don't know where on earth you reside, deserts of the Middle East, South Pacific, North Dakota or Florida. It makes a difference. Fill out your profile as to "location" please, please.

    Generally, you will be able to solve the biggest part of your problem with a lonely lone chick by placing it in proximity to other chickens. Many people find themselves with one baby chick, period, and that's much harder to deal with.

    It can be as simple as letting it visit with the older chickens from the safety of a cage. In fact, I would first integrate the new one with the older chicks by means of a partition in a pen. Let them get acquainted, then in a few weeks, put them together.

    Day trips out to visit with the older flock is a great way to begin integration. Pick nice days and bring them back as it gets cool. Even at a couple weeks old, chicks are able to spend time away from heat and it helps acclimate them to cooler temps.

    The time to get started is now.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto All Dat^^^
     
  8. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!! her cage is next to the 5 week olds but there is a barrier so it is hard for her to see them and she tries to get to them by jumping sometimes. they are very interested in each other. we put our hands in front of her and put her in the 5 week olds cage, they try to come to her, we have to keep them apart in fear she will get pecked. Thanks again![​IMG]
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Best if the barrier is small mesh so they can see each other but not peck?
    You might want to try to put one of the older chicks in with her....see what happens.
    Start some chicken juggling...
    .....moving them back and forth between the two enclosures, leaving them for as long as no beatings happen, then switching them up again.
     
  10. adcockfarm

    adcockfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will that be ok considering she doesn't even have any feathers yet and they are 5 weeks?
    so like...


    put chick with older chicks
    chick gets pecked
    put chick by herself
    start over?
    Thanks!!!

    nice coop btw
     
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