New Chick won't stop chirping - unless it's dark.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bodacia26, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. bodacia26

    bodacia26 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    I have a black australorp chick - she's about a week old. She will not stop peeping/chirping - whatever. My daughter and I have been cuddling her, carrying her inside our shirts, I let her sit on my shoulder underneath my hair, etc. She stops peeping when she gets a drink or a bite of food, or when it's dark - but other than that it's seriously non-stop.

    We've been talking to her, handling her, holding her, crooning to her - but she won't stop peeping. My other chicks didn't carry on like this, but they were about two weeks old when I got them.

    Any suggestions?
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    is she alone without another chick?

    chicks peep generally when they are too cold, hungry and/or alone.

    your body heat may not be warm enough for her, especially on your shoulder and under your hair.

    a word of caution also, letting a bird sit on your shoulder is giving higher rank to the bird for peck order and can be dangerous later on.
  3. bodacia26

    bodacia26 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    She is alone - my other girl(s) are 8 weeks old. One turned out to be a roo, which is why I got another female.
    The roo is being relocated this weekend.

    I'll try putting her under a heat lamp - I hadn't thought to do that previously because it's been in the 80's and she's in the garage at night.

    Thanks, Miss Jayne!
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  4. Mandalina

    Mandalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    at her age i would keep her under the lamp as much as possible and get her something to bond with like a stuff toy or something.
  5. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Chicks like it 80+ at all hours at that age... however, it sounds more loneliness to me. I had a lonely duck and gave her a teddy bear to cuddle with... she calmed down until she saw me come in the room. She prefers to be with us rather then the bear, but the bear makes the most difference when we have to be away.
  6. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2009
    East Texas! :)
    [​IMG] it happened to me with my baby Meg.... she was only peeping in the store though

    shes too cold most likely, maybe lonely and/or scared too
  7. bodacia26

    bodacia26 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Hello again. I put a heat lamp on her and stuck a little stuffed teddy bear in there too! And...... it's blissfully quiet!

    Thanks to all for your helpful advice! [​IMG]
  8. happyjack8207

    happyjack8207 New Egg

    Feb 27, 2013
    i read in in a book 3 years ago the chick is de hydrated and needs water, i have done this on mine today 27/02/2013 and again it works, keep warm and hold the beak under the tap running water a few times and it soon learns how to drink, not as all these other people have had a gess, i have been like that for years people telling me the wronge things, your find i am right have ahd chicks out 19 ok one was cherping all morning water a few times and his ok 3 hours latter
  9. Bellatrixed

    Bellatrixed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2013
    This thread is four years old so I doubt the original posters are around to see your reply!

    But I'm not sure what you mean about people saying inaccurate things and your way being the right one. It is a tried and tested fact that lonely chicks will bond with a stuffed toy and quiet down if they're warm, which was suggested in this thread. I do agree that dehydration can play a role in a noisy chick, but I would never hold a chick's beak under running tap water. It seems too risky for the chick to get water in its nostrils and drown at the hands of some well-meaning first time chick owner. Dipping its beak in standing water--like its chick waterer--several times a day (usually once is all it takes) til you're sure it has "gotten it" is the safest method to give water to chicks. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  10. Je33ieg

    Je33ieg Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 10, 2012
    Clemson, SC
    [​IMG] one way is not always the right way. and i definitely agree, holding a chick's beak under running water is WAY too risky! I had a 2 month old die from putting its own beak too far in a waterer... i definitely wouldnt trust myself doing it under a faucet!

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