Mom abandoned chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicky1016, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the one and only egg hatched yesterday-- however the mom wants nothing to do with the chick and wants to go live it up.. So now I am left to raise this thing. She wanted no parts of it and I came home to a freshly hatched chick and mom nowhere near and the poor thing was cold. I brought her to the chick and she looked at it and then went to the box next to it and started to lay down. So I put her IN the box with the chick and she bolted out like there was a hawk inside or something. I brought it to my neighbors to dry off in his incubator and now I have it in my basement with a heat lamp, food and water and it's in a giant silver tub from tractor supply.
    A couple questions.... do I give it medicated feed or non medicated? When can I feed it goodies from my fridge? (greens, fruits, etc.)... grass...? And will it be ok being all by itself with no other chicks as long as it has the heat lamp?
    I cannot believe she left me with this thing. Kind of neat but kind of irritated :mad:

    Also, how accurate is wing feather sexing? And laying them on their backs and seeing what they do with their feet? Because mine is doing everything a rooster would do, and the wings look like a rooster's (based on the you tube video I saw).. grrrr!!
     
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go get it at least two buddies...a single chick tends to be a stressed chick since they're flock animals.

    I feed small amounts of treats and chick grit starting as early as a week old if they seem healthy. I finely dice the offerings.

    I think feather sexing is only accurate on select breeds.
     
  3. chicky1016

    chicky1016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick grit... is that starter feed? And do I need to throw in some sand? For digestion.
     
  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick grit is chick-sized grit for grinding the treats in the gizzard. You can use builder's sand if you like...play sand is too rounded and small. The stuff they sell at farm store is granite chips.
     

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