One chick all alone now

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickChick55, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. ChickChick55

    ChickChick55 Out Of The Brooder

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    We had two chicks 14 weeks old now. One died, dont know why. Will the surviving chick be ok for two weeks until we can make sure its not sick before being rehomed. Will it be incredibly lonely.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Flock animals do get very lonely when alone. I never recommend getting less than 3 for the reason that chickens die more frequently than dogs. For the time being you can put a mirror in with the chicken and spend as much time interacting with it as possible.
     
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  3. ZaidAseels

    ZaidAseels New Egg

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    Loneliness will be all right till maturity ... But when they get mature , they need a mate of opposite gender ..
    And putting a mirror with it would be a very bad idea as it will peck it often ! :)
     
  4. ChickChick55

    ChickChick55 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh. Quite conflicting opinions. I dont have much choice at the moment as i would hate to pass it to someone and it affects their flock. I just feel bad as it is alone. I may ask the new home if they can segregate it away from their flock but in sight of the flock which is what will have to be done anyway. Thanks for replying.
     
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  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    People put mirrors in with chicks all the time. An older chick is stronger but unless it's a wimpy mirror, a chicken peck shouldn't be able to break it.
     
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  6. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used mirrors with lone chicks and lone ducks. Never had any problem with it at all. It gives them something to interact with and makes them feel less alone.
     
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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I agree. I have a mirror in with mine. Not sure why as she pays it little attention and prefers to be out with us. Many experienced chicken raisers recommend this for lone chicks.
     
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  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Also, a male is not a necessity to have happy chickens. Many people raise hens for their eggs but live in rooster restricted zones. They have perfectly happy girls. I'm new at this chicken thing, but I know a few things. [​IMG]
     
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  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    It's always a good idea for the buyer to keep any new chickens segregated from their flock for a certain amount of time to be positive themselves that there is nothing going on with the health of the chicken.
     
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