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Please help, chick experts!!!! She won't stop crying!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SeaChick, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Our day-olds arrived today healthy and happy, no pasty butts, eating and drinking right away.

    One RIR chick just WON'T stop crying. Everyone else is fine, but this one cries constantly, I have a knot in my back from the shrill peeping for the last 6 hours. It is eating and drinking and the brooder is warm enough (about 93), behaviour indicates proper temp. Other chicks are just fine. The only thing different about this chick is that it is hyper-aware of us and stands at the brooder wall and watches us; also she tries to eat every other chicks toes (really drags them across the brooder! Must think they are tasty worms...)

    Help!!!!! I am going bonkers!!!

    Here's a quick movie so youc an see the behaviour:
    www.sailzora.com/loudchick.MPG

    It is constant and LOUD!!! Please help!! Our last batch of chicks never did anything like this!
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Well, it is quite apparent she needs her mommy. I would say you'll have to snuggle that one all day long to keep her quiet. [​IMG] Enjoy..you're momma hen now.

    Jody
     
  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's cute. Maybe earplugs????? [​IMG]
     
  4. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Thanks Jody! Unfortunately she is the only one of the chicks that DOESN'T like to be held! Go figure! Maybe I will try it anyway.... anything to get her to shut up!

    But since she's a hatchery chick, why would she miss mommy? is this a normal thing and we just lucked out with our last batch?

    Thanks!
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Oh we have had those. They chirp all night long.

    Let me translate:

    Chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp
    Mama mama mama mama mama mama
    mama?

    mama mama mamaaaa

    mammmmaaaa

    mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama mama

    Then repeat.


    Cuddle her and see if she stops after a few minutes. I bet she will..... [​IMG]





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  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I was just kiddin'. She could have something going on with her, but no way for you to know. You could try some stuff to calm her and make her feel at home. Try tapping in the feed (like a mama hen would peck) and show her the feed. Also, If you put your hand in a U shape and rest you fingertips on the brooder floor (like a tunnel) over her..see if that helps her settle. It sometimes reminds them of a hen covering them with her wing and can help them lay down to rest. Hopefully everything is ok with her. The chirping sure is cute, but I can imagine that cuteness doesn't last long when you have to hear it all day long.

    Jody
     
  7. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Unfortunately this isn't working! Now she's screeching even closer to my ear.

    What would cause this? Has anyone ever had it happen? She sounds just miserable but everything seems to be fine! it's almost like when Olivia was baby with colic and screamed all the time......

    I feel bad not only for us but for the other chicks. Since I have had her out of the brooder they've all finally been able to slep without her screaming and trampling them (oh, yeah, she also doesn't sleep like the others, ever!)
     
  8. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Oops, I posted before I saw your replies.... Yes, we have tried all those things, actually, showing her the food and trying to play mama hen and shelter her.othing works. She didn't calm after holding her for about 7 minutes, either, just struggling and crying, even when held in the most calming way and cooed to!

    Sigh.
     
  9. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Try putting a mirror in the brooder or stuffed teddy. Shure got my little silkie
    to shut up.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008
  10. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I didn't mean to make fun, but the chick looks so strong and healthy! I have never even had a day old chick, so I haven't had this experience. You wouldn't happen to have a broody hen right now, would you, or a hen with baby chicks? Just thinking out loud here....and I guess it's too early to try a special treat like a little cricket or meal worms. What does she do when you hold her?
     

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