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separating 4 week old chick from pin-feather plucking mom?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickeez, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. chickeez

    chickeez Out Of The Brooder

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    Will a 4-5 week old chick do okay on it's own (in isolation) without it's mom. I had to remove it as the move started plucking the pin feathers around neck. Maybe she was eating them?? I have the chick in a spacious cool greenhouse, but she has been chirping for an hour now. She has feed and water, and I have held her a little, but wondering how she will do without mom. I do not want to put her with others, as I fear they may start on the feathers too. I know she is too old to be adopted by my other broody moms that already have their own chicks anyhow. ANy comments or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Suzie

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    The chick should be fine at that age but needs warmth overnight...it has been used to the warmth of its Mother...do you have a heat lamp that you can use to keep it warm ?
     
  3. chickeez

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    Thanks for the reply. Yes I do have a lamp I could bring out. I was also thinking of putting her in a crate and placing it in the coop, so she could be around the others. (We are getting rid of the 'problem mom") ....Or I could bring her in the house, use a lamp, and give her a little attention. (holding her etc.) Maybe that is a little silly. :/
     
  4. Suzie

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    Whatever gives you and her comfort is great...if she is in a crate that will be fine...if indoors, maybe give her a mirror so she/he feels as if she has some company...that is when you are not cuddling her/him..
     
  5. chickeez

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    aww thanks :)
     

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