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jswalker

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 28, 2011
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So, we are new to chicks and I got 2 new EE yesterday. They are sweet and 5 days old today. Last night the poor chick chirped ALL night. It has food, water, heat lamp at 95 and there is no draft. It will stop as soon as i pick it up, its almost like its lonely, although there are 2. Any ideas why? What can I do to put them at more ease? Thanks for the help!!
 

mrslb333

Songster
9 Years
Jun 15, 2010
923
9
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sometimes they take a while to settle you could try a soft toy in with them to act as a mother type comforter and see if it helps
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jswalker

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 28, 2011
49
0
32
OTP
I had something in there with them and it didn't seem to help. I think they want to be with the older chicks, but then they get picked on
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newchik715

Songster
10 Years
Aug 31, 2009
331
0
119
Washington
they will settle down. sometimes they are real chirpy for a day or so and then they calm and settle. give them some time and see. if everything is clean and warm for them then they just need time to adjust
 

wegotchickens

DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies
12 Years
Jul 5, 2007
12,146
53
311
Sevier County, TN
Can you pick a really calm, sweet older chick and add that to the 'newbies' brooder?
I usually take the youngest/smallest of my older batch and put it in with the 'newborns' when I'm running the incubator. The older chick shows them all about eating and drinking.
 

Minniechickmama

Senora Pollo Loco
10 Years
Sep 4, 2009
7,135
703
391
Minnesota
Is it getting too much light? meaning white light? I have my chicks in the basement (old, yucky, dirt everywhere) and I make sure they get the white light off for half of every day so they will sleep.
 

HorseFeatherz NV

Eggink Chickens
10 Years
May 12, 2009
6,565
47
251
Sierra Foothills of Reno, NV
Get a feather duster. Hang it so it dangles in the brooder, about 1/2 inch from the floor. Chicks love, love, love to cuddle with the feathers like a momma hen. I hang mine in the outer edge of the heat, so it is still warm for them.

Grass clippings are fine, but be sure to give the chicks a dish, bowl or small container of sand or grit. I give all my bator hatched chicks a container (sandwich sized) of sand at 3 days of age. Chicks will scratch and peck thru the sand/dirt and start to bathe in it - as new growing feathers are itchy.
 

Diamond Wire Farms

Songster
9 Years
Jan 19, 2011
379
4
109
Placerville, CA
I also often move the older "runt" in with the younger crowd. In my mind it gives them more confidence.
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Right now I have a bunch of banties that literally think some 3 week old turkey poults are their mothers. I'll let you know how that turns out later!!!!!!!!!!
 

Mmmaddie13

Songster
9 Years
Mar 5, 2011
952
26
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Berthoud, CO
I think you need more...
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My chickies are good enough enablers themselves, they just need me to take pictures of them and share them with unsuspecting victi- ehh.. Err.. I mean.. Fellow chicken lovers.
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