In the Brooder
- Oct 21, 2008
I have 2 full grown Ameraucanas, and one Old English Game Bantam pullet. Just acquired one 4 week old OEGB, my reasoning was to keep the bantam pullet company. I guess I thought this would go a little better, but the chick has completely bonded with me and is clearly terrified of the others. When I leave, she cries bloody murder. The other hens don't really hurt her, they are indifferent or give her a little peck if she tries to get near. She cries all by herself until I come out. Then she's climbing up my shoe and will claw her way up to my shoulder if I let her. I have to go to work tomorrow. Is it okay to leave this girl alone? If I put her in her own cage inside the yard with the others, she gets frantic to get out. More loud crying. But I don't feel like the flock will defend her from predators, since she isn't really part of it yet, or they might even chase her off. The cage makes me feel better, but makes her miserable enough to run up and down the front of it crying for hours. What do I do? I really wasn't supposed to just get one chick, was I? Is there any way to make this work without adding more or subtracting the one? Thanks.