Rescued an abandoned baby chick in hawaii

Rayanthonyjoaquin

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This may be a redundant thread but for the past two days I've been researching through the messageboard and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. My wife and I are stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. We found an abandoned baby chick in front of our house and noticed it had trouble walking and kept falling on its butt. We figured we'd try to give it some nutrients and a warm area so that we could reunite it with a family when it has the strength to run. It's been two days now and he is super fast and jumping around now, but we havent been successful reintroducing him to a flock around our neighborhood. In one instance he was getting pecked in the head and rejected by a hen, on another occasion he wouldnt follow a flock of similar aged babies with their mom even though she seemed willing to take him in and kept running back to us or standing still crying. Any tips for feral baby chicks and reintroducing them Into their environment? It's really bad timing because although we like to help raise it for a longer duration, we move off island in less the two months.
 
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rosemarythyme

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Hens won't just adopt a unknown baby chick and baby chicks won't just take to a new mom once past a certain age. Do you have any neighbors or friends that might want a chicken? Otherwise if you raise him until he's big enough to stand up for himself (as chickens are pretty territorial), he might have a chance integrating into a flock. Not sure what else to suggest...
 

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