My poor chicky is all alone... will it be OK?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by warmfuzzies, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    I feel kinda dumb asking this, but I have never had just one chick before! He hatched thismorning, and I am pretty sure he will be the only one.

    So, will he be OK alone? Will he have failure to thrive or something?

    I have two options: Get another few chicks from the feedstore, (I would rather not.) Or, I have a broody due his weekend. I could try to give him to her after hers hatch. Will he be OK till then?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'd get a couple of feed store chicks, just in case.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Feather duster and a mirror.
  4. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    feather duster and a mirror! Never thought of that... good idea. I will try it while I am trying o find someone who is going to town today... [​IMG]
  5. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    i would deff get him at least one friend :-0
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    It's not that they can't be alone, but they do prefer company of their own kind. Some will fail to thrive if alone, others will drive you nuts with their constant cheeping & complaining.

    If you were already looking for an excuse to get some feed store chicks, here you go. If not, then try the feather duster (hang it by the handle so the feathers just touch the brooder floor) and the mirror. Get yourself some ear plugs or play lots of loud music.

    The broody mama *might* be willing to adopt this chick, try slipping him in at night & see if she can tell the difference in the morning. My broody wouldn't adopt chicks, but others are more agreeable.

    Otherwise, you can just wait until the Mama leaves her chicks, at 6-10 weeks, and put them all together then.
  7. wyndski

    wyndski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    Spring Hill, FL
    You could do the feather duster and mirror until your hen hatches her and then try to see if she will accept it. If will not then you could steal one of her chicks to put inside with it.
  8. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Stuffed animals also work well. If you can figure how to tape up the feather duster they chick can cuddle in it.
  9. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    My MIL is gonna pick up a chick for me thisafternoon. Thanks for your help everyone! I will still try to get my broody to adopt them later. [​IMG]

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