Taking care of a lone chick

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wittman, May 23, 2016.

  1. wittman

    wittman Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my silkies was sitting on a pretty big clutch of eggs, and she hatched 4 chicks. It seemed like she was abandoning the rest of her eggs since she would not sit on the nest anymore, so we got rid of the rest of the eggs this morning. We must have not seen one egg, because later in the day, there was a new chick. I lifted the hen to count chicks, and her and her 4 oldest chicks moved over a little bit and started to drink. Since the new chick couldn't walk yet, the hen wouldn't sit back down, and it seemed like it was getting trampled, I figured it would be best to move it inside into a sort of make shift incubator to keep her safe. She's dried off now and is starting to move around on her own, and I am just worried that the hen will reject her and I'll have a lone chick on my hands. Any suggestions or tips?
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I would take the chick out and tuck it under her once she is settled for the night, and the chick is fully fluffed and mobile.
     
  3. wittman

    wittman Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now the chick can sit up and is able to look around, but she's not quite waking yet. If I were to put her with the hen tonight, do you think she'll be able to walk with the rest of the chicks by tomorrow?
     

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