what's your opinion?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TimBaumann, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. TimBaumann

    TimBaumann Songster

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    This hen of mine hatched out 3 eggs and left the other three in the nest. One of those 3 hatched and now the hen won't accept it. Since chicken are very social I thought of taking one chick from the 3 away from the hen and raising two instead of one lone chick. The chicks don't peck at each other but the one I took away is screaming quite a lot. Do you think that it was a good decision to take one of the chicks away so the other isn't alone?
    There are probably loads of people on here who have gone through the same thing as I am right now so please share your experiences :)
    Thanks
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

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    Have you tried slipping the chick under her while she was sleeping? That may work. If she still won't accept it I would take one of her chicks as a buddy for the lone chick. Chicks are just so much happier when they have company of their own kind.
     
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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    Good luck! Try giving the two chicks a mirror and/or a stuffed animal that they can climb on and snuggle up too
     
  4. TimBaumann

    TimBaumann Songster

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    Hi. Thanks for the replies. Sumi I haven't tried slipping it under the hen at night. The chick was under the hen for a few hours and then the hen started attacking it. Also I don't want to wake up to a dead chick if she still didn't accept it after that night. But to be honest I also want to raise the chick (and the other one). It's always so much fun [​IMG].

    Thanks ChirpyChicks1 I've put some ostrich feathers in their little brooder and they seem to like them.

    Thanks
     

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