mental stimulation for chicks????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by verity, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. verity

    verity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Someone gave me two just-hatched chicks about 10 days ago -- the weaker one died but the one that is left seems to be thriving --- it is perky and growing rapidly --

    'Brooder' is cardboard box with light, thermometer, feed, water, feather-duster, and some small branches for perches.

    I've raised orphaned kittens and puppies and always make sure they have mental and physical stimulation (things to see and do that are age-appropriate)

    But, a CHICKEN???? How much 'mental stimulation' does this chick need???


    Thank you --
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Handling it as much as possible will give you a pet that will be as loving as any dog or cat.

    When you are not there a mirror can help it to not be so lonely.

  3. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    Put a small stuffed animal in there for cuddle 'company'.
  4. dsyd

    dsyd Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 18, 2008
    I put half a feather duster in with mine.
  5. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    First of all get him some more buddies asap. For now I think holding him and talking to him a lot is best. I purr at mine like a mama chicken and they purr back [​IMG] Chickens are very social, they NEED companions.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  6. verity

    verity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Thank you for the suggestions ---

    This baby is destined to be an 'only chick' until the Chicken House is finished -- we are working on it every day --

    Then I will be able to get some pullets, I hope!

    I had not intended to do the 'brooder thing' but this chick needed a safe spot so it's here --

    It has a feather duster and a stuffed animal that it perches on and putting in a mirror was a great idea -- :)

    It has not been peeping in distress but rather, kind of 'singing' to itself in a chirpy way --

    Getting lots of feathers now and getting heavier and taller -- a busy little thing -- we handle and talk to it often as it is in the laundry room where I spend a great deal of time!

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