why is won't my chick stop crying?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stephen, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. stephen

    stephen New Egg

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    She's maybe a week old, been doing fine this whole time. Now she roams around pecking at the ground and walls, crying most of the time. Some times she'll nod off, then quickly wake up and start crying loudly again. She's warm. She's fed. She's watered. But she doesn't seem to care about anything but chirping.

    We've already lost one runt from our recently aquired chick-flock, so now every remotely strange thing a chick does freaks us out, and we come scouring the internet for answers. any suggestions?

    thanks!
    ~Stephen
     
  2. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

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    Lonely and needs a chick buddy.
     
  3. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she's not in with other chicks, I'd agree with the above. But it sounds like you have more and the rest of them are happy?

    If so, she could just be a talker. Add some toys or roosts or other distractions. Plan for a quick move of them all to the coop (with heat lamp of course), or buy earplugs!
     
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    if she is alone, i would get her a friend, the other thought is to spend some time holding her- i have a bantam that did that, and she just wanted some snuggles
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Like everyone has already pointed out, it needs a friend! Chickens do much better in groups and don't thrive very well on their own, as you are quickly finding out.

    Go to the feed store today and see if you can't find a friend for your chick. [​IMG]
     
  6. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked to see if she has pasty butt. That will make them cry too. Good luck with your baby. [​IMG]
     
  7. stephen

    stephen New Egg

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    Thanks for the replies. Shes living with 8 additional chicks, so she isn't lonely. Also, she's the only chick who WONT stop crying when being held. She just seems kind of off. I'll try comming up with some other distractions for her.

    Thanks again
     
  8. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

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    I had a chick like that last year who also had a chick buddy. She just would not stop crying. It was insane and I was going crazy [​IMG]. I chalked it up to she was just a cry baby. She was really only somewhat happy if I was near her but she still wouldn't completely stop crying. As a full grown hen, she is still very needy. I feel for you [​IMG]
     
  9. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A long time ago I had a chick hatch that was blind and it would cry even though there were 4 other chicks in the brooder with it. She just could not see them.
     

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