If a mother hen rejects a baby chick (she was pecking at it) does it mean the chick is sick? I checked out in the chicken pen because one hen has been laying on eggs for the past three weeks. It's a good thing I did. I took the baby chick into the house (it was only one baby) and have it in a small box with a high intensity lamp. So, how do I care for this little thing? It's really peeping right now.