Small one in the flock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by davef72, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. davef72

    davef72 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just bought a dozen chicks. 10 are three weeks old and 2 are only two weeks old.

    The two week old chicks are MUCH smaller. I heard them chirping VERY loud this evening. I went in to see a few of the larger chicks pecking feathers out of one of the smaller birds. Should I worry about this?

    I don't want to lose one of my girls this early.
     
  2. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd suggest separating them for a bit and slowly reintroduce them, however I am not an expert and am new to chicken keeping. I had one that was getting picked on and I had to separate her to be sure she was getting enough food, water, and sleep.
    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can give you stronger advice.
     
  3. davef72

    davef72 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I left her overnight with the other chicks. I went in this morning, and she was not moving around like the other chicks. She is still breathing, but wonder what I should do. I really do NOT want to lose this baby golden LAced Wyandotte. Her color is awesome, and she seems like a sweet girl.

    Are there any other recommendations?
    Will the larger birds kill her?

    I'm new to all this...
     
  4. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a smaller tote you can put next to he brooder? I say put her In there with a cover with screen or something to allow airflow. This way they can hear her and she can hear them. Put a mirror in there as well as the other basics.
    Giver her some vitamin mixture if you have any (poly vi sol, pedialyte, nutria reach) to get her strength up.

    I'll tag someone that has been an amazing help to me in my chicken objectives! @Sally Sunshine can you give him some advice?
     
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  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Hey there you are ambe sweets! [​IMG] you have said everything I would have. Perhaps just one other chick with her would do the trick under observation? I have noticed chicks will pair up and chirp for each other after I sell some.

    other items for a singleton are feather dusters, stuffed animals....

    If you need to make a solution for her see this Homemade Electrolyte Recipe for weak/ill chicks post #3876 USING SPONGE WEDGES post #4473

    Good luck with them [​IMG] hope she improves..... oh and a reminder, never put chicks or chickens together if any blood or red areas are visible!
     
  6. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! You've taught me so much and thank you for popping in and helping out! Dave, good luck! Fingers crossed and lots of snuggles for the fluffy butts! @Sally Sunshine
    :weee
     
  7. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is what I've been doing for my smaller one. [​IMG]

    I've read being sure they can "see " another chick. I use the mirror for that and with them so close it helps with their language and conversations. I put her in a couple hours a day for supervised visits so they are use to her being there so once they are use to being around the integration should be easier!
     
  8. Sally Sunshine

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    anytime sweets! [​IMG] Good luck again Dave and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  9. davef72

    davef72 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the help @Sally Sunshine and @ambe0487

    I'll seperate her this evening when I get home. I sure hope she's still alive. I'll place her with her other small Golden Lace Wyandotte in a smaller container. I purchased a dozen chicks last Thursday. She and the other GLW are a week younger than the other ten birds. I can't thank yall enough for all the help.
     
  10. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let us know how it goes!
     

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