Only one chick hatched...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peterschick, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. peterschick

    peterschick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there - new to this incubator thing. (When I was little and we had chickens - we just let the hens do their thing when it came to hatching chicks.)

    We just got some chickens for the first time this fall and attempted hatching a few eggs that unexpectedly showed up in our hen house...

    Only 2 pipped, and one chick didn't make it out [​IMG].
    The other one is doing great so far (it's been a day - I just put it in the brooder).
    Was wondering about imprinting and socialization...
    Should we bring one of our hens in to give it some company/imprint?
     
  2. kazoo1111

    kazoo1111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhhh, poor chick when we hatched ducks only one hatched and she grew up to be a real sweetie. As far as I know chickens don't imprint but as far as socialization whenever we only have one that hatches we usually go get it a buddy from Tractor Supply Co. or another place. If you have a broody hen sneak the chick under her or if you don't have a broody one see if a friendly hen will adapt her. Make sure you watch to see if the other chickens are picking on the baby.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    The chick is likely already imprinted on you.
     
  4. peterschick

    peterschick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks - yes, was thinking of bringing the broody hen inside to stay with the chick inside the brooder - since it is supposed to get to 10 degrees tonight!
     
  5. peterschick

    peterschick Out Of The Brooder

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    You may be right about the imprint... the chick was chirping alot - so I put my hand in the brooder and it jumped on and snuggled in... awwww....[​IMG]
     

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