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Raising a single chick..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CrazyChickens09, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. CrazyChickens09

    CrazyChickens09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know its not good to raise baby chicks by themselves but I have no choice at this time, what can I do to help this chick along until his my other babies arrive in 2 weeks? Thank you!
     
  2. CHICKEN CRAZY1

    CHICKEN CRAZY1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Keep the chick nearby (maybe in a clear container so it can see you) so it is not lonley,but don't baby it either.Treat it the same way you would if there were more chicks.
     
  3. CrazyChickens09

    CrazyChickens09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.. I am just heartbroken for this baby as it had two sibling that never hatched (unknown for now as to why)!
     
  4. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A mirror,small stuffed animal or a feather duster hung low so it can get under it will help it from being lonely. Maybe a radio close by for some sound.
     
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  5. CHICKEN CRAZY1

    CHICKEN CRAZY1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never thought of that! The combination of the two might do the trick!
     
  6. Hennyetta

    Hennyetta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a mirror. Growing up, my sister and I had a black rosecomb bantam chick whose mother tried to kill her (and her siblings) when they hatched. We managed to save two, but one died later. The remaining chick was heartbroken that her buddy was gone, and just sat in her box squeaking pitifully. We taped a smaller mirror to the side of the box, and she thought she had a friend again! She would cheep and peck at the mirror, and sleep beside it at night. Once it fell down, and she was miserable all over again, thinking she'd lost another friend. Taped it back up, and all was well. [​IMG]

    She lived in the basement for quite a while, but we would take her outside to play in the yard. She'd duck underneath us if a bird flew overhead, and if she wandered too far away, all we had to do was pat the ground and she'd come running back.

    Then she grew up and became one of the flightiest, most untame hens we had. Go figure! [​IMG]
     
  7. FtWorthChick

    FtWorthChick New Egg

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    I agree with the mirror trick. I had to do it this summer with a lonely day old chick. It was sweet and sad at the same time.She would chirp and peck at it and snuggle up next to it at night.
     
  8. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    first paragraph broke my heart:hugs
     
  9. Hennyetta

    Hennyetta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it was kind of awful. She never got to brood chicks again!
     
  10. jaystyles75

    jaystyles75 Out Of The Brooder

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    How is it going?
     

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