Raising single chick in a brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Suzy W, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Suzy W

    Suzy W In the Brooder

    Sep 8, 2009
    Thursday, I'll be given a newborn chick to raise and eventually introduce to my hen. Can a chick be raised by itself in a brooder or does it absolutely need other chicks with it? I'm raising my chickens on the down low, so I don't want more than two chickens. That's why I'm only getting one chick.
  2. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chirping

    Jun 17, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    Quote:Being that chickens are so social, the best idea is to have three, that way if one doesn't make it, you still have another. If it is definitely out of the question, then yes it is possible to raise the chick alone. Some things you could do would be to put a mirror in the brooder with the chick, a feather duster to mimic the mom, and spend LOTS of time with the chick. You can start to introduce them to each other slowly, just keep them separate for the first couple of weeks and then allow them to be in the same area. If you go that route, they should be fine to be with each other unsupervised in a matter of a couple of weeks.
  3. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing 8 Years

    Jan 19, 2010
    Calvert County MD
    i did. [​IMG] and i got a lovely roo. and a racoon ate my lovely roo. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 17, 2010
  4. Barry1963

    Barry1963 In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2010
    Madison, Tennessee
    When I decided to add a new one to the flock, I went with two. They just get so lonely on their own, much better to have two or more.

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