The never ending chirping chick * Updated * w/pics Chick is happy

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HorseFeatherz NV, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    One of my wonderful Mille Fleur Cochins hatched two MF eggs the other day (ok one on Friday and one on Monday). Noticed right away that this chick, Monday’s, was a talker and had an opinion about everything.

    Wednesday, momma scalped the noisy chick – did not stop the chick from yammering. This AM I pulled the chick from her, did not the day before as she was back to caring for the peep, but this morning she let me know I should remove the chirper.

    So here I sit with a catty Cathy chick. Besides being scalped, I can find no outer physical problem – the chick just does not shut up! Eats, drinks, poohs, and yammers. Even as it cuddles with me to sleep, it is faintly peeping, sometimes trilling – same as when under mom.

    Have you had a yammering chick and if so – what happened? Did it grow out of it?

    Ideas? Could there be something internal wrong? Or does it just have a voice and is determined to use it and strengthen it?

    I have never had such a vocal chick - out of all that I have hatched - sometmes it is distress peeping, sometimes just peeping. It's going to drive me crazier than I am [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  2. HennyJenny

    HennyJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Bennington, NE
    The never ending peeping chick made me so angry and crazy that I felt like a bad human. I would rather have a teething baby than a never ending peeping chick! There was nothing wrong with mine -she shut up after about two weeks. Now she's a delaware who pretends like I don't exist unless I might have food and then she's a lap chicken - she is also the one that spends her days in the coop announcing everyone elses egg but I'm pretty sure never lays one of her own. I spent 24 hours wondering if she was sick or dying or what - turns out she's just noisy.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    God save me from one of those, please. Thanks for the head's up, though!

    (I'm incubating and hatching like a mad-woman and will probably encounter one of 'em sooner than later.)
  4. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Lennon, Michigan
    I gave my mad peeper a feather duster (neon orange, no less!) and she shut up and went to sleep. Maybe your baby is lonely and/or cold!
  5. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    MrsChickendad The feather duster is an excellent idea - the chick has one, plus a stuffed dog and a lambswool duster.

    This chick was even noisy with mom (the reason I bet mom scalped said chick, trying to shut the chick up), did not matter if chick was under mom or not. [​IMG]

    TWO WEEKS! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010
  6. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    in my flock i noticed that around week 3 one of them was very vocal, peeping all the time as she hopped around eating and drinking. i had already lost one in the first few days and i was really worried that now something was wrong with that one. we kept a close eye on her but nothing else seemed to manifest itself. she is now 10 weeks old. i won't say that she peeps all the time but she does peep a lot still - a lot more than the others. usually around bedtime when they all start to head for bed, the peeping starts up. i can hear her from in the house.

    what i'm wondering is what she is going to be like when she switches to her adult voice full time. will it stop or will i hear cluck cluck constantly? it's definitely lessoned in time so far so i'm hopeful that as she grows into her big girl vocals, she will be like the silent rest of them.
  7. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    as soon as my noisy one stopped peeping it started crowing [​IMG] at 4 weeks and a silkie no less. as soon as he went out to the big boy pen he got quiet quick. [​IMG]
  8. harris farm

    harris farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2010
    i have one like that and what i did was put a bigger light in the brooder. as soon as i did that it got under the light and slowed down the noise then nothing. so i think maybe its cold. hope this helps.
  9. dparadise

    dparadise Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2010
    southwest Florida
    Quote:Same here but he's a banty cochin [​IMG]
  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Well the story of the chick continues.

    I tried many, many things for this chick to make it stop crying – even heated the brooder up to 104 degrees – little chick would still try to get closer to the heat and cry.
    So I got the heating pad, set it on medium, laid it on the couch and covered it with a stadium blanket – set the chick on it and then covered the chick with the blanket. Chick stopped crying and slept for almost two hours. When it stuck its head out, I would offer water and moist food.

    By that evening, chick was thriving and stopped crying. Hopped out of the brooder and walked thru the house to find me when I was doing chores – that is when I figured it was time to go outside. I have a MF pullet who was broody (different from the Scalper broody), and I slipped the chick under at bed time.

    Chick and broody have bonded and chick is thriving – still a talker but no longer crying. Outside with mom and dad – these pictures taken on the 12th. Scalped spot is healing nicely and new mom leaves it alone.




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