One chick isolating itself from others

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by anchorsaway, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. anchorsaway

    anchorsaway New Egg

    Mar 19, 2015
    I just got six young chicks maybe about 1 month and some change of age and there is one that seems to hang out by herself on the edge of the brooder. I don't think its an issue caused by her being over heated and trying to get away from the heat lamp, I think it has something to do with the other chicks outcasting her. Can anyone tell me why this behavior might occur and if it is normal? She doesn't seem sick or anything.
  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, it's normal occasionally to have a chick that is timid about jumping into the pecking order and competing, just as with people. But keep an eye on the little tyke to make sure it's eating, drinking and pooping regularly.

    A danger sign would be for it to spend most of its time in one spot, not moving, maybe nodding out on its feet. But as long as it moves around in and out of the heat zone, eats and drinks, I wouldn't worry.
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  3. sammy94901

    sammy94901 New Egg

    Sep 1, 2015
    I have one that has a parrot beak. She is way smaller than the rest, is isolating, nodding and not moving around. I have tried wet food, supplementing the water, and mixing food with strawberries. She loves those. I fear she is dying. I hate to see her suffering. What else can I do?

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