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    05-12-2012, 10:23 AM
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Yearling
I have a new baby chick! Help please.

I was given 2 game hens(Matilda and Hattie) and a rooster (Cogburn) a couple months ago. 2 fresh eggs a day, cool. Plus I get to watch and observe chicken interaction. Did I mention I love chickens? LOL

Now, Hattie (short for asshattery since she is a monster) was laying 2 eggs a day and Matilda one. About 3 weeks or so ago, Hattie stopped laying. I couldn't figure it out. She had dropped down to one egg a day for almost 2 weeks before this. Well today I found out why.

I went into the coop to get eggs and heard a cheep. I looked up to where Hattie has been roosting and see yellow. (It's a tiny tiny space and DH put hay up there when Hattie claimed it.) Well evidently Hattie out smarted me and laid 3 eggs up there! I have one hatched baby and 2 that are most likely within 24 to 48 hours of hatching.

At this point Hattie comes back in from a quick breakfast and proceeds to flog the snot out of me. I had a discussion with Hattie about manners. I lost the discussion. She is livid. She is still screeching and screaming and all ruffled out. She is back on the nest but it's to high up for the baby chick to get back into. I now have it in the house.

I know the chick has to be kept warm, and watered and fed. Anything special I should know about feeding? I put the regular layer food in a little bowl and a tiny bottle cap with water. I have the chick in my shirt, but am rigging a lamp for heat in the box.

I didn't sign on for baby chicks dang it. I rooted and rooted till I found where Matilda was hiding her eggs the first 2 weeks. I was observant and have been careful to make sure they have greens, feed, plenty of fresh water and a decent big huge coop. BUT I didn't want babies!!

The plan was to get a couple more laying hens early summerish.

Now I need to read on baby chicken care. *sigh* Let's hope they are all 3 hens! With my luck I'll have 3 cute little roosters running round in a week or so.
     
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    05-12-2012, 10:29 AM
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It's better to scatter the food on the floor so they can learn to peck. Just sayin! They have to stay warm or they can die pretty easily. Fresh clean water is a must. Otherwise they are fairly easy keepers :)

Congrats on the furry surprise.. I think Hattie got you pretty good :P
     
    05-12-2012, 10:32 AM
  #3
Yearling
This be the new chick, sorry it's blurry a bit. He was gettin cold.
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    05-12-2012, 10:38 AM
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He's such a cutie!!

When he triples in size, feeding crickets helps them with dexterity and keeps them entertained. Plus they're full of good vitamins and minerals ;P
     
    05-12-2012, 10:38 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
It's better to scatter the food on the floor so they can learn to peck. Just sayin! They have to stay warm or they can die pretty easily. Fresh clean water is a must. Otherwise they are fairly easy keepers :)

Congrats on the furry surprise.. I think Hattie got you pretty good :P
I'm thinking a covered cardboard box. Paper towels lining the bottom, and yeah scatter some food in the bottom. With a lamp for heat. Hmmm I wonder if the heating pad I used for pups would be to warm for the chick.

And yes, Hattie did get me good LOL She is a devil chicken. DS calls her a demon chick ROFL. She was so sweet when I got her.....then POOF demon chicken.

I have changed the females names twice now LOL so maybe that is part of the problem, identity crisis! LMAO
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    05-12-2012, 10:40 AM
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Yearling
Sky he is the tiniest little chick I have ever seen! I know games are smaller but OMG he is like a toy chik. Puts me in mind of a teacup chi!
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    05-12-2012, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
I'm thinking a covered cardboard box. Paper towels lining the bottom, and yeah scatter some food in the bottom. With a lamp for heat. Hmmm I wonder if the heating pad I used for pups would be to warm for the chick.

And yes, Hattie did get me good LOL She is a devil chicken. DS calls her a demon chick ROFL. She was so sweet when I got her.....then POOF demon chicken.

I have changed the females names twice now LOL so maybe that is part of the problem, identity crisis! LMAO
What a cutie!! He/she needs a super fierce name

Yeah laying hens generally have tinsy winsy chickadees at first. They get bigger over time. And that layout sounds perfect. When we raised a flock at the place I used to work at 2 years ago, we did it in an old horse water tank with a heat lamp and some shavings and then a pile of hay. They LOVE chewing on hay.. no clue why. And they'd snuggle and poop in it too. You know birds.. haha!

Just so you know my family that is in Spain has been raising hens and roosters and regular chickens for over 30 years and I know them quite well :P Still learning though.

LOL identity crisis.. I LOVE it!
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    05-12-2012, 11:12 AM
  #8
Yearling
Ok pics of his quickie set up. And does he need a nest? I can shred some paper or put some hay in for him. I used the shreds for the baby tiels when I raised a clutch. Chickens are a whole nother story though LOL. Mom doesn't puke and feed them.
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    05-12-2012, 11:14 AM
  #9
Yearling
I left a little crack on the one side so he doesn't smother. I am looking for a thermometer I used in the lizard cages when we had iguanas. If you know the ideal temp and humidity that would be good to know LOL
     
    05-12-2012, 11:16 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
He's such a cutie!!

When he triples in size, feeding crickets helps them with dexterity and keeps them entertained. Plus they're full of good vitamins and minerals ;P
Ok DH or DS can feed him crickets, they have sticky legs and jump on me, ummm not happening
     

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